Rural businesses – last chance to apply for LEADER funding

September 20, 2018 3:55 pm

Time is running out to apply for capital grants worth up to £170,000 from the LEADER Programme.  In fact, the deadline is next Sunday, 30 September.  So don’t miss out on the funding available: apply today.

What’s on offer?

Businesses based in the rural parts of Ashfield and Mansfield can apply for grants worth up to £170,000 in order to support the rural economy and new jobs. Funding through the South Nottinghamshire LEADER programme is available for schemes in the Selston area of Ashfield.  At the same time, funding through the North Nottinghamshire LEADER programme is available for schemes in the Warsop area of Mansfield.

What is LEADER?

LEADER stands for ‘Liaison Entre Actions pour le Development de L’Economie Rurale’.  This roughly translates as ‘Liasion among Actors in Rural Economic Development’.  In other words, this is EU funding sourced through the Rural Development Programme for England.

Who can apply?

Businesses eligible for support from the LEADER scheme include:

  • start-up, micro and small private businesses
  • farmers
  • public organisations
  • voluntary organisations
  • charities
  • forestry

What can the funding be used for?

The grants can be used to invest in new equipment, improve business premises, machinery, technology or processes and more.

Help and support available

Not only are we offering grants, but there’s also a dedicated application support team on hand to help you with your application.  This team can discuss your idea, assess its likelihood of success and guide you through each step of the application process.  Please feel free to share this information with others you think would also be interested.

South Nottinghamshire

The South Nottinghamshire LEADER Programme is a new allocation of EU funding to help support the development of the rural economy and create new jobs.  In short, there’s up to £1.3m available in grants over the next five years.

During July and August 2018 we awarded five businesses based in South Nottinghamshire a combined £275,000 grant to support their business growth.

Find out more about the LEADER funding scheme online or contact Craig Edson, LEADER Programme Officer, on 0115 977 2686.

North Nottinghamshire

The North Nottinghamshire LEADER Programme is a new allocation of EU funding to help support the development of the rural economy and create new jobs.  In short, there’s up to £1.5m available in grants over the next five years.

Find out more about the LEADER funding scheme online or contact Jim Burley, LEADER Programme Officer, on 0115 993 9337.

Further information

Not a rural business but still looking for funding?  Check out the range of grants that we have available.

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