Tuesday, 01 December 2015 18:04

Outline applications open for LEADER

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Outline applications open for LEADER

OUTLINE applications for four LEADER programmes are now open in Lincolnshire.

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

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) provides money through LEADER for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life.

Managed by Defra, applications for funds must contribute to one or more of six national priorities. Those priorities aim to:

* 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.

This means projects must create new jobs, growe businesses, improve productivity and efficiency, increase tourism visitors or provide new services.

Lincolnshire County Council said grants could be accessed by businesses, farmers, foresters and those involved in tourism, heritage and community initiatives.

Colin Davie, executive councillor for economic development and 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."

The programme will mainly assist private sector projects and rural services which will support the council's ambitions for growth and productivity in rural areas.

Planned to run for five years, or until all funding has been allocated, all project-funded expenditure will need to be completed by 30 October 2020.

For details of how to apply for a grant and for further information, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/funding or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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