Privacy policy

Your information will be stored and processed in accordance with the current data protection legislation. Defra is the data controller for personal data you give to us or we hold about you. For more information visit the Rural Payment Agency's Web site at

Kent County Council, on behalf of the Rural Payments Agency and Defra, acts as data processor.

We are subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and other obligations under law which require us to act transparently and which grant certain rights of access to the public to information held by us. This means that, whilst we will respect the sensitivity of the information you provide, there may be legal requirements which oblige us to disclose this information.

We will use the information you provide to administer, process and assess your application for funding under the Rural Development Programme for England and to administer any funding if your application is successful. We may publish details about this application on our website (this may include all or some of the project and applicant details).

Information may be shared with other persons or organisations helping us with the assessment and monitoring of applications. Information you provide may also be shared with other government departments, agencies and third parties appointed in connection with the administration of the Rural Development Programme for England. Such organisations may use this information to contact you for occasional customer research aimed at improving the delivery of this programme.

Your information may also be shared with other government departments and agencies for the purpose of fraud prevention. The application and evaluation of grant funding is also subject to audit and reviews by internal auditors who may need to access the information you submit in your application.

If you supply personal information relating to third parties (e.g. delivery partners) as part of your application, you must ensure that you inform those third parties about how you use this information and inform them that this information will be passed to and processed by us as set out in this policy.

You may be asked to supply some sensitive personal data as part of your application such as information about racial or ethnic origin, political opinion, religious beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, criminal offences or proceedings. We will only use this information for the purpose of processing your application and for statistical analysis. If it is shared with other government bodies for the purpose of statistical analysis, it will be shared on an anonymised basis.

We will not hold your information for longer than is necessary. We will hold the majority of your information for three years after the programme closure (currently expected to be 2023), unless we have a legitimate reason to hold this for longer, for instance in defending any legal proceedings brought by any person or body in relation to your application or any funding we have provided, or as required by law or any relevant code of practice.

If any information that we hold about you is, or becomes, inaccurate or incomplete, please tell us and we will correct it.