The Greater Lincolnshire LEP is now accepting outline applications for the four LEADER programmes in Lincolnshire.
The Coastal Action Zone, Kestevens, Lindsey Action Zone and Wash Fens LEADER groups can support business and community projects in rural areas.
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) provides money through LEADER for projects to improve agriculture, the environment and rural life. It is managed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Applications for funds must contribute to one or more of six national priorities:
- increase farm productivity
- support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
- boost rural tourism
- provide rural services
- provide cultural and heritage activities (where this promotes growth in the tourism economy)
- increase forestry productivity
All LEADER-funded activities must also make a contribution to growing the rural economy, such as creating new jobs, growing businesses, improving productivity and efficiency, increasing tourism visitors or providing new services. Grants can be accessed by businesses, farmers, foresters and those involved in tourism, heritage and community initiatives.
The programme is planned to run for five years, or until all funding has been allocated. All project-funded expenditure will need to be completed by 30th October 2020.
The LEADER funding forms part of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s European programme. The four funds are administered by Lincolnshire County Council but the funding derives from the European Union.