NEWS!

EU LEADER Grants to boost Rural Economy coming soon!

CONSULTATION PHASE RUNNING UNTIL APRIL 2014

Help us to help you! Please take our online survey now and influence how and where the money will be allocated in north Hampshire. Don't miss this chance!

Over the last 5 years the European strand of rural funding known as LEADER has provided many businesses, farmers, forest managers/owners and communities with a number of grants ranging from £1,000 to £50,000. In north Hampshire, projects have been diverse, funding anything from a milk pasteuriser to a marketing plan for a maize maze! CLICK HERE FOR CASE STUDIES. But sometimes businesses found it difficult to apply or they were found to be ineligible, not fitting in with the strategic aims of LEADER.

Now we are preparing for the next round of LEADER and we need your input! This is your chance to help shape the next programme and open up new opportunities for funding. What we learn from this survey will provide the core details for the next strategy and lead what we will fund.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

To be eligible for a grant, your business should either be located in a rural area, or if not, have a beneficial effect on the areas rural economy and/or community. This could be directly such as creating job opportunities and providing goods/services for locals, or indirectly such as using local suppliers and rural facilities/services.

Please therefore spare a few minutes to help us by filling in this survey. We will also use it as a means of finding out if you are interested in applying for a grant in the next round. If this is the case, please don't forget to complete your contact details at the end of the survey, including a brief idea of what we could help to fund. We will then contact you once the new LEADER Programme is ready to receive applications (hopefully by summer 2014).

We are also looking for new members for the North Hampshire LEADER action group. If you are interested in getting involved in helping to shape the rural economy of North Hampshire and think you could spare a few days a year, please get in touch.


For more information contact the LEADER PROGRAMME MANAGER FOR NORTH HAMPSHIRE, Emily Preston on 01962 845560 or email emily.preston@hants.gov.uk

GRANTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR RURAL BUSINESSES, MICRO AND SMALL BUSINESSES, FARMING, FORESTRY, HERITAGE, RURAL SERVICES, TOURISM AND CULTURE.

Wood processing equipment wins cut of £1.8m grant funding

Examples of projects that received funding from the Loddon and Eversley LEADER project include a firewood and coppice merchant based near Farnham, and a large local estate in North Hampshire.

picture of grant recipient, the Earl of Malmesbury

Grants of over £10,500 have bought wood processing machinery of different types for the applicants. more ...

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and will be taking enquiries in autumn 2014. The RDPE is jointly funded by the EU, through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and the UK Government.