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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Jul 12, 2014 | General | harryb

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey and / or came to one of our consultation events in April and May.


Thank you to everyone who completed our survey and / or came to one of our consultation events in April and May. All the feedback has been really useful and is now being used to develop a new Local Development Strategy and a bid to Defra to run a LEADER programme between 2015-2020. If you would like to see a short summary of the feedback please let us know.

We need to submit our bid by 5th September and if we are successful the new Programme will start in January next year. We will have 6 priority areas for LEADER investment:

If you have a project under one of these headings which you would like to discuss please get in contact. We are keen to have a number of applications ready for the LAG to consider early in the new year. See a few examples of the projects we have funded previously.

We are planning to extend the boundary for LEADER funding so more villages, farms and woodland will be potentially eligible for funding. We will confirm the proposed map shortly but essentially we are aiming to cover more of West Berkshire and Basingstoke and Deane and a little more of Swindon Borough and Oxfordshire - to cover places not previously covered and to align with other Local Action Groups around us.

LAG membership is open to everyone so if you would like to find out more please just give us a call. If you have already expressed an interest in becoming a LAG member, thank you - we will be touch with you very shortly to discuss next steps.

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