The LEADER Programme has obtained an additional £300,000 of funding to deliver to rural businesses across the country to create jobs and support the rural economy.

The Chilterns LEADER Programme has received an extra £180,000, while the North & West Northamptonshire LEADER Programme has received a £120,000 injection. This brings the total extra funding received since the start of the LEADER project – which also includes Clay Vales LEADER Programme - to just over £780,000.

The new extra funding has been earmarked to support those rural businesses who have applications currently submitted to the LEADER Programme, and so it is hoped that the funding will soon be put into effect supporting rural business projects.

LEADER Programme Manager Will Dallimore said: “This additional funding means even more rural businesses will benefit from the LEADER Programme. The scope and impact of the projects supported to date has been impressive and as we come towards the end of this funding round, the extra £300,000 will ensure we end on a suitably high note.”

The LEADER Programme delivers grants to rural businesses to support projects across six priority areas:

  • Increased Farm Productivity
  • Micro and Small Enterprises and Farm Diversification
  • Rural Tourism
  • Provision of Rural Services
  • Increasing Forestry Productivity
  • Cultural and Heritage Activity 

The LEADER Programme is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and is delivered by Ngage Solutions.

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