LEADER funding now available in LancashireTuesday 15 December 2015
The Lancashire LEADER 2015-2020 programme is now officially open for business.
The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
The aim of LEADER is to create jobs and help businesses grow, which will then benefit the rural economy
Funding is delivered by LEADER on behalf of the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) / Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and the funding is distributed via three Local Action Groups (LAGs) - Lancashire North & Bowland; Lancashire West; Lancashire Pennine Moors.
Funding priorities include:
Farming - grants to support a wide range of farm investments. They are particularly for businesses that want to invest in innovative business practices and new technologies to help them become more sustainable and productive.
Enterprise - providing support for micro and small businesses (less than 49 full-time equivalent employees and non-agricultural) and farm diversification. The grants are for both new and existing businesses and all types of businesses, including social enterprises can apply.
More information including how to apply and maps of the the LAG'a are available on the Lancashire Rural Development Fund website