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Monthly Funding Information Bulletin - August 2018
Posted:
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 1:54pm

Please see attached a document with a list of grants and funding opportunities for August.

Although the information includes grants/funding opportunities for Voluntary & Community Sector Groups and Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises, we have also included details of grants/funding programmes, which Local Authorities may also be eligible to apply for.

This document can also be accessed via the Leicestershire Communities website

For Economic Growth funding (including funding for businesses and EU funding opportunities), please go to the LLEP website.

Posted:
Tue, 22 May 2018 10:18am

East Leicestershire LEADER will open for a final call for Expressions of Interest on 1st June, closing at Noon 31st August 2018. No further Expressions of Interest will be accepted after 31st August. Funding is currently available for projects across all priorities but this will be a competitive process:

All grants offers must be signed by both parties by 29th March 2019 with project completed by December 2020. Grants available between £7,500 and £75,000 for up to 40% of project costs in most cases across all priorities:

1. Increasing farm productivity

2. Supporting micro and small businesses and farm diversification

3. Boosting rural tourism

4. Providing rural services

5. Providing cultural and heritage activity

6. Increasing forestry productivity

Expressions of Interest for the above priorities can only be accepted by Noon 31st August

Additional guidance for applicants can be found on the East Leicestershire LEADER website: open-calls.html

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

Posted:
Fri, 11 May 2018 1:42pm

DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - 31ST MAY 2018

RDPE Growth Programme (EAFRD)

The LLEP Growth Programme - also known as EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) - is a European funding stream aimed at developing the rural economy. The funding programme is administered by the Rural Payment Agency.

Business in Leicestershire can apply in the following categories:

- Food Processing

- Rural Tourism Infrastructure

- Business Development

Please note that the current deadline for Expressions of Interest is 31st May 2018.

Further information about the sort of projects that can be funded by the programme, eligibility and how to apply are available via the Rural Payments Agency website - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme

Posted:
Thu, 03 May 2018 3:28pm

Businesses urged to enter the Rural Business Awards 2018

Local businesses are being reminded that entries are now open to the 2018/19 Rural Business Awards but only until 31st May 2018 – enter now to showcase your business.

The awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Outstanding Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Rural Education or Training Business - decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

For the first time since launching in 2014, the Rural Business Awards will host a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South East, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October 2018, ahead of the Grand Final next February, where winners from each category in every region will be announced.

The entry process is designed to be as simple as possible to support business owners with a limited amount of time. All entries are submitted online and can be edited anytime up until the final entry deadline of 31st May 2018. The entry cost is £50+VAT.

To enter, or for more information about the 2018/19 Rural Business Awards, visit: www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk

Posted:
Fri, 27 Apr 2018 1:50pm

The Collaborate project is a business growth programme supporting existing businesses with less than 250 employees, that trade business-to-business, in Leicester and Leicestershire.

It offers:

- Grant funding from £5,000-£25,000 - to fund up to 33% of project cost
- Free business support, advice and signposting to boost growth
- Events and workshops to learn and stay informed
- Inward investment to relocate and expand

Supported sectors:

- Food and drink manufacturing
- Creative industries
- Textile manufacturing
- Low carbon
- Logistics and distribution
- Tourism and hospitality
- Professional and financial services
- Engineering and advanced manufacturing.

A wide range of FREE Seminars and Workshops are available and details can be found at the following link: http://www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/events

Posted:
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 8:47am

Leicestershire and Leicester businesses and homes can now apply for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) as part of the government's £67million investment commitment to make a "full fibre Britain".

Eligible businesses and homes will be able to access the nationwide voucher scheme and be approved for vouchers worth up to £3000 for a small or medium sized business or £500 to residents, to support the capital costs of upgrading their broadband and gigabit capable connections.

This scheme is part of a wider government plan to get more homes and businesses connected to full fibre broadband and forms part of the Government's commitment to make superfast broadband available to at least 10 million homes and businesses by 2022.

Please visit our Superfast Leicestershire website for more information and instructions on how to apply -

http://www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/gigabitvouchers/

Current East Leicestershire funding call closes on Monday 30th April
Posted:
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:01am
Current East Leicestershire funding call closes on Monday 30th April

The closing date for Expressions of Interest for the LEADER programme in East Leicestershire is Monday 30th April 2018 for projects across all priorities:

Grants available between £7,500 and £75,000 for up to 40% of project costs in most cases.

1. Increasing farm productivity

2. Supporting micro and small businesses and farm diversification

3. Boosting rural tourism

4. Providing rural services

5. Providing cultural and heritage activity

6. Increasing forestry productivity

Expressions of Interest for the above priorities can only be accepted by 5pm Monday 30th April 2018. A final call is expected to be open from 1st June until 30th September 2018

Additional guidance for applicants can be found on the East Leicestershire LEADER website: open-calls.html

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

Posted:
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 8:55am

Following the success and popularity of Rural Community Council's 2017 Awards and culminating in a celebration dinner on the evening of 11th October 2018 at Winstanley House, the 2018 Rural Achievement Awards will again reach out and bring together people from across Leicestershire and Rutland to recognise the achievements of individuals, community organisations, businesses and groups active within rural communities.

The categories for the 2018 Rural Achievement Awards are:

  • Best Community Building
  • Best Community Library
  • Community Engagement Award
  • Rural Business Award
  • Rural Service Award
  • Unsung Hero Award
  • Young People's Award

Full details of our categories and guidelines on how to enter are covered within the attached guide (see link below) and can also be found at www.ruralcc.org.uk/awards.

You are encouraged to enter as many local projects, services, facilities and volunteers as possible. It would also be great if you could use this information along with the attached press release to spread the word and let other people within your community know about the exciting opportunity to enter the awards.

The Rural Community Council are really looking forward to hearing about what's great in your community and hopefully to rewarding the commitment and positive contribution of people and organisations in your area.

Posted:
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 3:59pm

East Leicestershire LEADER Open Evening

18:00 – 20:00 Wed 21 March 2018

The Coplow Centre, Billesdon

An open networking event to find out more about the East Leicestershire LEADER programme and funding opportunities for rural businesses to diversify and grow, in addition to support for community and rural projects. If you have a project and would like to find out more about LEADER funding, come to our open evening and receive information and advice in relation to submitting an application, as well as other funding and business support opportunities.

Enquiries can be made to:

Maria Ramshaw: mramshaw@melton.gov.uk

Richard Erwin-Jones: Richard.Erwin-Jones@leics.gov.uk

To book a free place https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/east-leicestershire-leader-open-evening-tickets-42936639645

Posted:
Thu, 01 Feb 2018 9:48am

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

The scheme reopens for expressions of interest on Thursday 1st February

LEADER, part of the European Union's Rural Development Programme, was launched locally in 2015 to support rural business to diversify and grow across Melton and Harborough, as well as parts of Charnwood and Blaby. Grants are available from £7,500 up to £75,000 across all priorities. Applicants have until Monday 30th April to make expressions of interest for projects that increase farm productivity or diversification, support small and micro businesses, boost rural tourism, provide rural services, provide cultural and heritage activity or increase forestry productivity.

Guidance for applicants can be found on the East Leicestershire LEADER website: open-calls.html

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

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