Rural Development in Uusimaa
A regional implementation plan for rural development has been prepared for the forthcoming programming period (2023-2027).
Is my company in an eligible area?
When business subsidies and project grants are awarded, the location of the investment or project in accordance with the urban-rural classification is taken into account. When selecting the projects to be funded, the Uusimaa ELY Centre favours projects focusing on sparsely populated rural areas, rural heartland areas and rural areas close to urban areas.
The Uusimaa ELY Centre and the Leader groups in the region have defined the eligible area to which business subsidies and project grants can be awarded from the Rural Development Fund. All areas apart from the inner urban area are eligible for support, and a part of the outer urban area has also been excluded. Helsinki, Kauniainen and Kerava have been excluded from the support entirely, and restrictions apply to the city centres of the following cities: Espoo, Kirkkonummi, Lohja, Porvoo, Hyvinkää, Vantaa, Tuusula and Järvenpää.
You can check the urban-rural classification for your company or the implementation site of your project through the following links:
- Arcgis online service (the online service opens automatically to the latest urban-rural classification from 2018, enter your address in the address bar in the upper right corner).
- If your company or project location is in the outer urban area, check the excluded areas on this map: Areas excluded from the area eligible for support from the Rural Development Fund in Uusimaa 2023–2027 (pdf in Finnish)
If you are unsure whether your company or project is located in an eligible area, do not hesitate to contact the ELY Centre: [email protected]
Projects funded under the Rural Development Fund
In our newsletters, we report on projects receiving funding through the Rural Development Fund. In addition, the newsletters contain a lot of up-to-date information on support issues and payment.
- Subscribe to the Rural Development Programme newsletter (link)
- Browse Rural Development Programme newsletters (link)
Payment of subsidies
The Uusimaa ELY Centre handles payment applications for rural development projects, direct business subsidies, agricultural investment aid and start-up support for young farmers.