Financial support for the county’s rural businesses

Rural gain grants from the county council can help sustain shops and services in rural communities.

Rural gain grants from the county council can help sustain shops and services in rural communities.

Businesses in Sleaford area’s rural villages can apply for up to £10,000 to enhance key services for local residents.

Lincolnshire County Council’s Rural Gain Grant aims to improve access to local services in Lincolnshire’s small towns and villages. The grant can support the development of business or community projects which maintain or enhance rural life by providing essential services, and thereby reducing the need to travel.

Examples include; the introduction of new services to a village shop, such as increased fresh produce or home delivery; accommodating the post office within the local pub; or supporting local produce counters within an existing vital service.

Coun Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We recognise the value of essential rural services to local people and understand that they are often a focal point for the community; particularly important in serving the needs of disadvantaged, vulnerable and elderly people. The Rural Gain Grant aims to support essential rural services and reduce the need to travel.”

Funding of up to £10,000 is available to organisations based in a Lincolnshire village or small town whose population is less than 5,000 people. The grant requires 50 per cent match-funding by the business.

Since March 2010, Lincolnshire County Council’s Rural Gain Grant has supported 26 projects, awarding £122,000 to rural communities.

Recent projects include £6,000 to Folkingham Village Store to undergo a major refit and £10,000 to Welbourn Post Office and Store.

The Pack Horse pub in Beckingham near Newark has been awarded £4,000 to support the creation of Beckingham Village Store which has also helped to support the longer-term sustainability of the pub.

Robin Stark from The Pack Horse said: “The Rural Gain Grant has given me confidence in the sustainability of Beckingham Village Store at the pub. It has certainly helped the initial set up and will benefit the village community for years to come.”

To find out if your business is eligible for the Rural Gain Grant, contact Clare Hogben on 01522 782 070 to find out more.




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