Could your business benefit from a grant of up to £35,000 from Derbyshire County Council?
Derbyshire County Council is working with Derbyshire Economic Partnership to help distribute a £1.7m funding pot from the European Union to support rural businesses in parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
The aim of the funding, known as LEADER funding, is to create more jobs, safeguard existing jobs, attract investment from the private sector to the areas and develop community services. Specific focus will be given to supporting farm productivity, tourism, heritage promotion and boost the woodland economy through forestry improvements.
Businesses and community groups in rural areas of Derbyshire Dales and High Peak have until Friday 31 March 2017 to apply for grants from £2,500 to £35,000 through the county council’s Peak LEADER Rural Grants Scheme.
Grants are available to help fund:
• Farm productivity and improvement
• Farm diversification
• Micro and small business support
• Developing rural services
• Small scale culture and heritage developments and improvements
• Rural tourism – new small tourist attractions
• Forestry improvements (woodland management)
Projects must either create jobs and businesses growth or develop community services to be eligible for a grant. Bids will be considered by the programme’s Local Action Group which is made up of representatives from the Local Authorities, voluntary groups, community groups and businesses within Derbyshire and Staffordshire Moorlands.
For more information about the authority’s Peak LEADER Rural Grants Scheme email LEADER Manager, Amanda Brown on firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01629 538475 or 07971314619.
The £1.7m investment is on top of a further £1.37m from the LEADER fund awarded to Bolsover and North East Derbyshire district councils to improve rural areas within their districts.