Rural businesses – don’t miss out on share of £1m of LEADER grants

Don’t miss out – £1m of LEADER grants for rural businesses and communities must be awarded before 2019

The Northern Dorset Local Action Group still has more than a £1.2 million of European Agricultural Fund money to distribute to rural businesses and communities as part of the Rural Development Programme for England. The Programme Team will hold application surgeries in Gillingham on 18th September This is an opportunity to talk through ideas for your project.

The Local Action Group (LAG) has already awarded LEADER grants to rural businesses from Sherborne and Sturminster Newton to Verwood and would love to see more places taking advantage of this funding; to help provide rural services or create jobs in the countryside.

Grants are available for a variety of capital projects, from £5,000 to £140,000 and could be for:

a project to attract tourists to the Blackmore Vale or Cranborne Chase;
a local food producer running out of room and keen to expand;
a young entrepreneur with a new business idea looking for capital investment to start;
village residents trying to save a community shop or pub;
a rural business wanting to try something new but needing some help to cover the cost of innovative equipment.

Find out more about the grants and whether they are right for your project at The Slade Centre, Gillingham. Book a one-to one surgery with one of the Dorset LEADER team to talk through your project idea in confidence about your project and application. Surgeries are also being held in Sherborne on 2nd October, Dorchester on the 17th October and Verwood on 13th November. Contact Ellie Makin on 01305 225525 to book a convenient time.

Find out more at www.dorsetleader.org.uk

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