Funding available: Up to £50,000
Focus: Rural Areas
Funding Cycle: Ongoing
The LEADER programme is a source of funding for rural businesses from the EU and Defra through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The Chilterns is one of 13 Local Action Groups (LAGs) which have been awarded LEADER funds via the South East and East of England Development Agencies. The Chilterns LAG has £2.5 million to distribute to rural businesses within a proscribed geographical area between 2008 and 2013.
Those eligible to apply for funds include:
- Other rural businesses
- Community organisations
The maximum size grant distributed is £50,000. Commercial projects can receive up to 30-50% funding, community projects can receive up to 70% (or possibly higher in exceptional circumstances).
There are 6 priority themes of the Chilterns LAG, the two that are applicable to our area of work are:
- Tourism and Leisure
- Building Rural Community Capacity
Funding could possibly be available to rural sports clubs in the community under these themes.
The Chilterns LEADER grants programme is being managed by ngage. To find out more about it and to submit an Expression of Interest in funding for a project please visit the chilterns LEADER website. Plus download a map of the Chilterns LEADER area and download a guide to the Chilterns LEADER fund.
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