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Opportunity Peterborough has successfully allocated £1 million grant funding for businesses and projects in the Rural Peterborough and Rutland area of the LEADER Programme.
The LEADER programme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Grants of £2,500 – £50,000 (or in exceptional cases up to £75,000) were awarded to part fund the work of farmers, growers, foresters and other rural businesses and community organisations.
The Local Action Group (LAG), which helped to evaluate and approve applications for funding, set out a bold aim for the fund:
“To achieve a vibrant, sustainable and diverse rural economy that builds on the area’s wealth of natural, cultural and heritage assets and is characterised by a high quality of life, a varied landscape and has a sense of place and inclusive and connected communities”
All the grant money has been allocated but some projects have only just begun. You can read about some of our completed projects below. Each project meets at least one of the priority areas from the Local Industrial Strategy.
Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification
Boost rural tourism
Increase farm productivity
Provide rural services
Increase forestry productivity
Provide cultural and heritage activity
LEADER is one stream of funding available, the ESIF strategy which can be found HERE places LEADER in context alongside other EU funding available locally, including via the Rural Development programme.
The RDPE Growth Programme has funding available to bost rural productivity and improve jobs growth. The deadlines for expressions of interest is midnight Sunday 16 February 2020.