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Monday 25th September East Leicestershire LEADER opens for Expressions Of Interests

Farms, businesses and community groups are invited to submit bids to the LEADER grant scheme which aims to boost East Leicestershire's rural economy and create jobs.

The scheme reopened for expressions of interest on Monday 25 September

LEADER, part of the European Union's Rural Development Programme, was launched locally in 2015 to support rural business diversify and grow across Melton and Harborough, as well as parts of Charnwood and Blaby. Grants of up to £35,000 are available and in some cases £75,000 could be awarded.

Rupert Harrison, Andrew Granger & Co Surveyors and Chair of the East Leicestershire Local Action Group, said: "Supported by businesses the East Leicestershire LEADER programme is one of the top performing in the region, we have helped numerous businesses to improve and expand their services and products which will ultimately create local jobs, benefit local supply chains and bring visitors to the area."

Pam Posnett, Cabinet Member for environment at Leicestershire County Council and Chair of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, said: "I want to encourage farms, businesses and communities to apply for a share of this fund. Since opening for applications in 2015 we have supported 13 projects from across East Leicestershire, distributing £300,000 of funding. In the last round of applications which closed in July a further 14 projects have been invited to complete a full application. £500,000 of funding is still available for projects up until March 2019."

K & A Watchorn and Sons Farm in Waltham on the Wolds, was successful in receiving LEADER funding, used the money to purchase farming equipment. Will Watchorn said: "Gaining LEADER funding to purchase a Cattle Handling system has drastically improved our efficiency and improved safety for our cattle."

Applicants have until Friday 1December to make expressions of interest for farm productivity and diversification, small food and drink businesses, small and micro businesses. The call for forestry businesses and community projects increasing access to rural services remains open with no closing date currently set.

More information and expression of interest forms can be found at here.

Monday 24th July 2017. Current Call is now closed, we now only accepting applications for Rural Services or Forestry projects

We are open for Expressions of Interest for projects from the following priorities:

  • Forestry - Grant funding between £2,500-£75,000
  • Rural Services - Grant funding between £2,500-£75,000

Additional guidance for applicants can be found on our website: open-calls.html

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. Either email at: eastleicestershireleader@leics.gov.uk or by telephone on 0116 3056298

Current East Leicestershire LEADER Call closes on 24th July

The closing date for Expressions of Interest for LEADER programme in East Leicestershire is 12pm Monday 24 July 2017 for projects in the following priorities:

  • Tourism – Grant funding between £7,500-£35,000 (anything above refer to EAFRD Growth Programme)
  • Food and drink - Grant funding between £7,500-£35,000 (anything above refer to EAFRD Growth Programme)
  • Support for small and micro businesses (non-agricultural) - Grant funding between £7,500-£75,000

We can only accept Expressions of Interest for the above priorities until Monday 24 July 2017 at 12pm.

We will remain open for Expressions of Interest for projects from the following priorities:

  • Forestry - Grant funding between £2,500-£75,000
  • Rural Services - Grant funding between £2,500-£75,000

Additional guidance for applicants can be found on our website: http://www.oakleaves.org.uk/open-calls.html

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. Either email at: eastleicestershireleader@leics.gov.uk or by telephone on 0116 3056298

Monday 12th June 2017 East Leicestershire LEADER opens for new applications

Rural businesses are invited to submit bids to the LEADER grant scheme which aims to boost East Leicestershire's rural economy and create jobs.

The scheme opens for expressions of interest from Monday 12 June.

LEADER, part of the European Union's Rural Development Programme, was launched locally in 2015 to support rural business and tourism across Melton and Harborough, as well as parts of Charnwood and Blaby. Grants of up to £35,000 are available and in some cases £75,000 could be awarded.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire County Council said: "I'd encourage rural businesses and communities to apply for a share of this fund. Since opening for applications in 2015 we have supported 13 projects from across East Leicestershire, distributing £300,000 of funding. £1 million of funding is still available for projects up until March 2019."

Langton Brewery, was successful in receiving LEADER funding, used the money to install two new brew and fermenting tanks. Alistair Chapman from Langton Brewery said:LEADER funding has enabled us to increase our brewing capacity to meet increased demand for our beers".

Priorities for the latest round of bidding are tourism businesses, small food and drink businesses, small and micro businesses, forestry businesses and community projects increasing access to rural services.

More information and expression of interest forms can be found at http://www.oakleaves.org.uk/open-calls.html

East Leicestershire LEADER Information and Sharing Event

Took place on Wednesday 24 May 2017, 6-8pm, Café Ventoux, Tugby, Leicestershire, LE7 9WE

The slides from the event are available here:

East Leicestershire LEADER update 21 April 2017

Following the announcement that a General Election will take place on 8 June 2017, the next funding call for East Leicestershire LEADER will open on 12 June 2017.

Further updates will be available on the call page of our website Funding Timetable or we can be contacted by email eastleicestershireleader@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 3056298

East Leicestershire LEADER update – November 2016

It has been over 12 months now since East Leicestershire LEADER opened for business with its first applications.

It has been a busy year that has shown a real demand for funding opportunities such as LEADER.

To date, the Local Action Group has awarded funding to 13 projects, made up of a really interesting and diverse range of activities. This represents a total of almost £300,000 and should result in the creation of over 30 new jobs in the area.