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LEADER Funding Now Available

Fri 4 Dec 2015

A new scheme, aimed at boosting the rural economy across Staffordshire has officially been launched.

The Staffordshire LEADER Local Action Group have secured £2.249 million of European funding through the LEADER Programme (2015-2020).

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The money will be allocated to businesses, groups or organisations that can demonstrate a benefit to the local rural economy. To be successful, applications must contribute to the creation of jobs or the development of businesses in the Staffordshire LEADER rural area.

The first call for applications for funding, which opened on the 16 November 2015, is for projects from the farming, foresting, tourism and micro/small businesses sectors and also for schemes that support rural services and culture and heritage.  The deadline for outline applications in this first round is the 29th December 2015.  Further call for bids through the programme will be invited from next year.

To discuss a potential project idea or to receive an outline application form, contact the LEADER Programme Team at Staffordshire County Council on 01785 854306 or email cmb.leader@staffordshire.gov.uk

Further details about the Staffordshire LEADER programme can be found at www.staffsleader.org.uk