The Northern Lincolnshire LEADER programme has received £1.2m for projects in rural areas across North and North East Lincolnshire until March 2020. The next round of funding is now open. Could you benefit?
For this year (2016/17) there is £383,000 allocated to benefit rural areas in Northern Lincolnshire.
The grants help to improve the rural economy by creating jobs, attracting tourists, increasing productivity and business growth.
North Lincolnshire Council runs this programme and is currently assessing the first round of projects, which will be ready for a decision at the end of April. The next round is now open and the applications deadline is 3 May 2016.
The council is looking for applicants who wish to apply for funding in the following areas:
Priority 1: Support for increasing farm productivity.
- Supporting local farmers to take advantage of the area’s successful food sector including raising awareness of the available opportunities, and extending routes to market
- Support projects which will enable farmers to benefit from new technologies in order to increase productivity
Priority 2: Support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification
- Support for the creation and development of micro and small enterprises in order to foster innovation and creativity in the rural economy
- Support the creation of new and diversified farming activity to create new successful enterprises
Priority 3: Support for rural tourism
- Supporting and creating projects and attractions that link to, and build upon the local food and drink sector including the provision of support for food festivals and farmers’ markets, and for high quality restaurants and cafes
- Developing the nature tourism offer throughout Northern Lincolnshire, taking advantage of the natural assets that exist in the area and encouraging green tourism activity
- Supporting the development of new attractions to increase the tourism offer and maximize the economic benefits of overnight stays in the industry
Priority 4: Provision of rural services
- Support the development of energy schemes, including renewable energy at the level of individual community initiatives, particularly in areas of increased fuel poverty
- Support the creation of social enterprises which seek to fill identified gaps in service provision
Priority 5: Support for cultural and heritage activity
- Conservation and enhancement of Northern Lincolnshire’s natural heritage and high value nature sites
- Supporting the development and conservation of vernacular buildings and local traditions and customs which provide scope to develop business opportunities in the local communities of Northern Lincolnshire
Priority 6: Increasing forestry production
- Provide infrastructure investment to enable better access to under managed forest and woodland
- Promote the development of woodland enterprises which focus on the creation and marketing of new products for the biomass and wood fuel markets
If you would like to find out more information or to apply for the funding, visit the council’s website: www.northlincs.gov.uk/jobs-business-regen/regeneration/leader-funding-programme/.
The LEADER programme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.
Cllr Rob Waltham, cabinet member for regeneration, said:
The LEADER programme has been supporting rural growth across Northern Lincolnshire for many years; it is fantastic that even more funding has become available.
This is a brilliant opportunity to receive of share of the money to help create jobs, develop rural businesses and support the rural economy.
If you think you could benefit from this funding and help the rural economy, please apply online.