Funding available for rural business and community projects

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Outline applications are now being accepted from the four LEADER programmes in Lincolnshire for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life.

The Coastal Action Zone, Kestevens, Lindsey Action Zone and Wash Fens LEADER groups can support business and community projects in rural areas.

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) provides money through LEADER for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life. It is managed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Applications for funds must contribute to one or more of six national priorities:-

Increase farm productivity

Support micro & small businesses and farm diversification

Boost rural tourism

Provide rural services

Provide cultural and heritage activities (where this promotes growth in the tourism economy)

Increase forestry productivity

All LEADER funded activities must also make a contribution to growing the rural economy, such as creating new jobs, growing businesses, improving productivity and efficiency, increasing tourism visitors or providing new services. Grants can be accessed by businesses, farmers, foresters and those involved in tourism, heritage and community initiatives.

County Councillor Colin Davie, the Executive Councillor for Economic Development & Tourism said: “Local jobs and prosperity depend upon investment, which has always been a real priority for this council. One important way of investing for the future in rural areas is through the LEADER programme and I am absolutely delighted to announce that our Local Action Groups are now ready to accept outline applications.”

“This programme will mainly assist private sector projects and rural services which will support our ambitions for growth and productivity in our rural areas.”

The programme is planned to run for five years, or until all funding has been allocated. All project funded expenditure will need to be completed by October 30, 2020.

For details of how to apply for a grant and for further information, go to: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/funding or email LincsLEADER@lincolnshire.gov.uk