The West of England LEADER Fund is now open for Grant Applications

January 14, 2016 11:36 am

The new West of England LEADER programme is now open for applications for grants from rural businesses and communities across North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset.

Eligible businesses and communities can apply for grants for capital projects to help support their growth and sustainability. Applications for investments from £10,000 up to £100,000 can now be made.

The West of England Local Action Group will be delivering these funds as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), with the money made available through the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

The LEADER programme is primarily designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation. The programme is focused on rural areas and its priorities are supporting micro and small rural businesses, farm diversification projects, forestry projects, tourism projects, rural services and cultural and heritage projects.

Steve Marriott, LEADER Programme Manager said; “This new programme will allow rural businesses and communities, who are often overlooked by their urban neighbours, to receive funding and support helping them to grow their businesses and become more sustainable.”

Graham Clark from the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) and Chair of the Local Action Group added; “Our new Partnership brings together a wide range of local knowledge and skills. We are looking forward to working with local businesses and communities to support their growth and I would encourage them to get in touch to find out how we can help.”

If you are a rural business or community organisation and think this might help you then go to our website or contact us to make an initial enquiry. This first call for outline applications closes on Friday 11th March 2016.

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