Rural development grants available to farmers, foresters,
community enterprises and rural-based businesses.
LEADER is funding to improve the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the North Wessex Downs.

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Increase in maximum grant level

We have increased our maximum grant amount from £50,000 to £100,000 for the remainder of the Programme.  This is in recognition that we have more limited time to award the funding (anticipated to be upto the end of March 2019) and to help businesses with bigger projects. The usual maximum 40% intervention limit for commercial projects still applies.  There are more details in our Applicant Handbook.

Forthcoming Grant Funding Information Events

The Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) in conjunction with the Rural Payments Agency and supported by LEADER groups are running a series of events to let rural businesses know about the range of grant funding currently available to support business growth.  The next one in our area will be:

For Thames Valley Berkshire based businesses an event will take place on Tuesday 14th March 2017 at The Green Park Conference Centre, 100, Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GP between 9.30am to
1pm.  You can book your place here:

It is your chance to come a long and hear how the various funding pots could help you start or grow your business.  Grants available range from £5k to approximately £170k depending on the project and the area you are in.

 New LAG members required:

We are looking for a couple of new members to join our LAG - if you are interested please do get in contact to find out how you can be part of how we support local businesses to grow and communities to develop.

 Future of LEADER Funding:

The Government have now confirmed that EU funded Rural Development Programme for England grant schemes can continue until the date the UK leaves the EU.  For LEADER Programmes this means we are now fully up and running and again and are able to accept and progress applications for the foreseeable future.

If you have a project idea and you think LEADER funding could help please contact us to discuss your plans.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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