Rural businesses across the Chilterns, Clay Vales and North & West Northamptonshire (N&WN) can apply for grants to help support their growth and sustainability. The grants can be worth between £5,000 - £50,000 in the Chilterns and Clay Vales, and between £5,000 - £180,000 in N&WN.
All three LEADER programmes are designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation, particularly amongst micro and small businesses. They are focused on rural areas and the priorities are supporting small and medium rural businesses, farm diversification projects, forestry projects, tourism projects, rural services, and cultural and heritage projects.
What can be funded?
Example projects eligible for funding include:
Ngage Solutions is working in partnership with the Chilterns, Clay Vales and N&WN LEADER Local Action Groups to deliver the funds, which are part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The money is made available through the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
In the 2008-2013 LEADER programme, projects delivered by Ngage were some of the most successful in the UK. Ina total, 124 projects were awarded funding. These projects sustained 206 jobs, created 117 new jobs and helped launch 39 new businesses.