2017 LEADER Calls now Open

Yorkshire Dales LEADER Open for Funding Applications

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme is seeking applications from new and existing businesses based in the Craven District who require funding for activities including the purchase of equipment, diversification of products and services or construction of buildings. With grants available from £5,000 up to £150,000 projects must align with one of the six LEADER priorities of business growth, tourism, culture, rural services, forestry or farming.

The Programme is currently accepting applications from projects that require funding from April 2017 onwards and will create jobs, develop rural businesses or support the rural economy. Applications for funding will be considered in the order they are received with the final opportunity to submit an outline bid likely to be summer 2017.

Details of each funding priority can be found below. Full details on the Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme, including contact details for the LEADER Co-ordinator: Rima Berry, are available on the website www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk

Micro or Small Enterprise and Farm Diversification Capital Grant Scheme

The purpose of this grant is to:

  • Establish a new rural business;
  • Grow or expand an existing rural micro or small business;
  • Invest in complementary activity that enables the agricultural sector to increase sustainability.

Although open to all businesses, applications from the food & drink, digital or construction sectors would be especially welcome.

Further information on this call is available at www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/apply

Tourism, Heritage and Culture Capital Grant Scheme

The purpose of this grant is to:

  • Improve the quality of the tourism “offer” by creating new experiences and / or enhancing existing tourism facilities;
  • To grow a sustainable rural economy by developing diverse economic growth and creating sustainable communities, capitalising on the areas’ internationally recognised distinctive environment, landscape, culture and heritage;
  • Combine accommodation and activity experiences which result in visitors staying longer in the area;
  • Increase visitor spend;
  • Support the identity of the area covered by the Yorkshire Dales LEADER Local Development Strategy.

Further information on this call is available at: www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/apply

Sustain and Enhance Rural Services Capital Grant Scheme

The purpose of this grant is to:

  • Invest in innovative community-led, and voluntary sector service delivery initiatives;
  • Build community involvement, capacity and leadership;
  • Support community and social enterprise start up and development;
  • Develop investment areas for natural environment work that benefit the community and economy.

Further information on this call is available at: www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/apply

Dales Farm Capital Grant Scheme

The purpose of this grant is to:

  • Develop the resilience, profitability and sustainability of farming businesses through the collaboration, added value local products, new technology and research;
  • Support innovative, entrepreneurial activity and diversification in order to improve quality and profitability;
  • Support the development of small scale bio / renewable energy generating capacity.

Further information on this call is available at: www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/apply

Forestry Capital Grant Scheme

The purpose of this grant is to:

  • Develop the resilience, profitability and sustainability of forestry businesses and processing supply chain through business collaboration and added value local product;
  • Introduce new technology, goods, processes and timber services;
  • Create new jobs and employment opportunities in forestry and timber processing in the rural Yorkshire Dales LEADER area;
  • Generate energy from locally sourced timber;
  • Address long-term market failure in the local forest supply chain;
  • Bring local woodlands into management and enhance their natural value.

Further information on this call is available at: www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/apply

 

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Further Grant Opportunities

We have now re-opened our LEADER programme for application. In addition to the Forestry and Farm grants we are pleased to open up our calls for Micro, Small Enterprise & Farm Diversification, Tourism, Heritage & Culture and Sustaining and Enhancing Rural Services grants. We will also be holding workshops to help completion of applicationsYou can see our current calls are on the website and applications forms can be downloaded from the download library.

Micro, Small Enterprise and Farm Diversification Capital Grant

Grants to support the growth of a sustainable rural economy

  • Develop a vibrant, dynamic and diverse rural economy
  • Support local people to develop a culture of enterprise building upon natural and heritage opportunities
  • Maximise participation of local people and businesses in the growth of rural economy including new employment, entrepreneurship and enhanced employability skills for local young people

Now open

Deadline for submission – Applications will be considered in the order they are received

Min/ Max – £5,000/ £150,000 (40% of eligible costs)leader-banner-1

Yorkshire Dales Tourism, Heritage and Culture Capital Grant

Grants to support investments in the tourism, heritage and culture sector

  • Develop recreational and tourism enterprises building on the areas culture heritage and environmental heritage
  • Invest in projects that support sustainability of business, the environment and communities
  • Support collaboration to improve the quality of the tourism sector

Now Open

Deadline for submission – Applications will be considered in the order they are received

Min/ Max – £5,000/ £100,000 (40% – 80% of eligible costs)

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Sustain and Enhance Rural Services Grant

Grants to support investments in Rural Services

  • Build on existing skills and confidence to create sustainable, vibrant and living communities, sharing expertise and experience
  • Sustain and support local rural services
  • Encourage economic growth, employment and community well-being by improving access to rural services, business hubs, skills and training through innovative and collaborative community projects and partnerships

Now Open

Deadline for submission – Applications will be considered in the order they are received

Min/ Max – £5,000/ £100,000 (40% – 80% of eligible costs)

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

Call – 015242 51002

Email – Rima.berry@ydmt.org

 

 

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Grants now available…

We have now re-opened our LEADER programme for application. We will also be holding workshops to help completion of applications, we shall notify you once dates and venues have been confirmed.

You can see our current calls are on the website and applications forms can be downloaded from the download library.

Forestry Capital Grant Scheme

Grants to support investments in the bioenergy supply chains

  • Introduce new technology, goods, processes and timber services
  • Create new jobs and employment opportunities in forestry and timber processing
  • Generate energy from locally sourced timber
  • Address market failure in the local forest supply chain
  • Bring local woodlands into management
  • Strengthen the forestry and timber processing supply chain

Grant opens – Thursday 17th November 2016

Deadline for submission – Monday 12th June 2017

Min/ Max – £2,500/ £75,000 (40% of eligible costs)

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Dales Farm Capital Grant Scheme

Grants to support investments in farming

  • Improve the performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding
  • Support animal health and welfare improvements
  • Support the processing, marketing and/ or development of agricultural products

 

Grant opens – Thursday 17th November 2016

Deadline for submission – Monday 12th June 2017

Min/ Max – £2,500/ £75,000 (40% of eligible costs)

 

Leader banner 3If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

Call – 015242 51002

Email – Rima.berry@ydmt.org

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LEADER Funding Available

The next round of Grants are now open…..

Micro and Small Enterprise Capital Grant Scheme

Grants to support investments in Micro and Small Enterprise.
This Yorkshire Dales Local Action Group (LAG) invites applications from new and existing micro and small businesses, including social enterprises, located in the rural area, that are looking to expand, create new jobs, and increase their profitability. The purpose of this Grant is to support applications which are looking to:
·           Establish a new rural business
·           Grow or expand an existing rural micro or small business.

Grant opens – 16th May 2016
Deadline for submission – 25th July 2016 at 17:00
Min/ Max – £2,500 to £35,000

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Yorkshire Dales Capital Tourism Grant

Grants to support investments in the tourism sector.
The tourism sector includes any business that provides goods and/or services demanded by visitors, and where visitor spend represents a significant share of their trade that, in the absence of visitors, their business would cease to exist in a meaningful way.
The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Local Action Group wishes to fund applications from projects that will:
·         Result in the creation of new jobs and employment opportunities
·         Improve the profitability of rural business
·         Encourage collaboration between enterprises

Grant opens – 16th May 2016
Deadline for submission – 25th July 2016 at 17:00
Min/ Max – £2,500 to £35,000

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Upland Farm Capital Grant Scheme

This grant is for businesses with long-term investment plans.
The Yorkshire Dales Local Action Group (LAG) invites applications for capital investments and business development grants from new and existing micro and small farming businesses, including social enterprises located within the rural Yorkshire Dales LEADER area. The purpose of this grant is to support projects which require capital assistance to:
·         Develop the resilience, profitability and sustainability of farming business through collaboration, added value local product, new technology and research
·         Support innovation, entrepreneurial activity and diversification in order to improve quality and profitability
·         Support the development of small scale bio/renewable energy generating capacity.

Grant opens – 16th May 2016
Deadline for submission – 25th July 2016 at 17:00
Min/ Max – £2,500 to £35,000

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Forestry Capital Grant Scheme

Grants to support investments in the bio energy supply chains.
The Yorkshire Dales Local Action Group (LAG) invites applications for capital investments and business development grants from new and existing micro, small and medium businesses, including social enterprises located within the rural Yorkshire Dales LEADER area. The purpose of this grant is to support projects which require capital assistance to:
·         Develop the resilience, profitability and sustainability of forestry business through collaboration and added value local product;
·         Introduce new technology, goods, processes and timber services;
·         Create new jobs and employment opportunities in forestry and timber processing in the rural Yorkshire Dales LEADER area;
·         Generate energy from locally sourced timber;
·         Address long-term market failure in the local forest supply chain;
·         Bring local woodlands into management and enhance their natural value;
·         Strengthen the forestry and timber processing supply chain by supporting collaborative arrangements between businesses.

Grant opens – 16th May 2016
Deadline for submission – 25th July 2016 at 17:00
Min/ Max – £2,500 to £35,000

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Integrated Rural Mobility

The purpose of this grant is to support innovative and flexible rural transport solutions that are demand responsive, inter modal (across all types of transport; rail, bus, cycle for example) and multipurpose. This grant may also support the process of project development to ensure best practice within major infrastructure projects, for example, project options selection and development, research into accessibility.
Projects might address:
·         Assisting young people with access to work or to post 16 schooling or further training
·         Combining normally separate transport services such as elderly transport service, hospital travel, school transports and commuting to work
·         Improving peoples access into the wider rural area, into employment hubs, by, for example, facilitating linkage between train timetables, buses, taxis or car share schemes
·         Improving infrastructure to introduce a new service or enable expansion of an existing one
·         Reducing car dependency within the rural communities and within tourism through intertwined transport solutions.

Grant opens – 16th May 2016
Deadline for submission – 25th July 2016 at 17:00
Min/ Max – £5,000 to £90,000

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LEADER Drop in Sessions

Come and chat with me – April and May I am holding drop-in sessions over the LEADER area in Masham, Clapham, Leyburn and Pateley Bridge.

Date Location Time
Wednesday 13th April Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Office, Clapham, LA2 8DP Afternoon

12.00 -15.00

Monday 25th April Nidderdale Plus, Waterside Station Square, King St, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5AT Morning

10.00 -13.00

Thursday 28th April Committee Room, Masham Town Hall, Market Pl, Masham, Ripon HG4 4DY Morning

10.00 -12.30

Wednesday 25th May The Café, The Old School House Arts Centre, Richmond Road, Leyburn . DL8 5DL Afternoon

12.30 -16.00

See our poster below!

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LEADER Funding Available

 

Grants are now available from the new LEADER programme with applications sought from enterprises and farming businesses with a focus on job creation and business growth.

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme will distribute £2.232 million over the next five years for rural projects benefiting the area and its communities.

Funding is available for projects that are distinctive, innovative, involve partnership working, represent good value for money and have the potential to leave a lasting legacy to the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area.

Successful projects will bring economic benefits to the local area within three key areas – tourism development, farm diversification, and micro/small business projects.

Rima Berry, LEADER Co-ordinator in the Yorkshire Dales, said: “LEADER is a very competitive grants process, and we expect to receive applications for new and innovative projects that can really make a difference to the local community. Each project will be assessed, and funding will be awarded to those that make the greatest contribution to our local strategic objectives, and offer best value for money by creating new jobs and helping the rural economy to grow.”

There are two funding windows scheduled for 2016, with deadlines for outline applications on 9th March and 25th July.

If you have a project idea please visit http://www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk in the first instance for details of each funding call along with information on how to apply, the Outline Application Form and guidance notes.

If you would like to discuss a potential application, please contact Rima Berry on 015242 51002 or email rima.berry@ydmt.org

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme has been set up to address the problems of ‘rurality’ within the Yorkshire Dales. Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is the lead partner in this multi-agency partnership which brings together representatives from voluntary sector organisations, public bodies and private businesses working in the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area.

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Forest Machinery Demo days in Richmond North Yorkshire

Please see below detail of demo days on the Barningham Estate:
Harvesting machinery demonstration
Supporting investment in forestry businesses
Demonstrations of Small to Medium Machinery
3 Sessions: Thursday 17th March 2016: morning and afternoon, Friday 18th March 2016: morning
Barningham Estate, Richmond, DL11 7DW
This demonstration will show examples of small to medium size harvesting machinery appropriate to help bring more woods into management.
This FREE event comprises a short guided tour aiming to show examples of types of small to medium scale harvesting and extraction equipment working in the wood. Our aim is to include smaller harvester, forwarder, tractor mounted winch and primary processing equipment on site.
Tours will last approximately 1½ hours, run at intervals throughout the event period. Groups will be taken a short distance by mini-bus to the working demonstrations to see equipment in use and hear first-hand experience of performance and issues encountered on site from the operators and supervisors involved.
A display area is planned with further examples of relevant equipment which visitors can view at their own pace.
Dress for the weather and a forest site visit. Please bring you own helmet and high viz, although some spares may be available. Biosecurity measures will be in place; footwear should be free of mud and should be disinfected on arrival.
Book your free place by contacting Forestry Commission England on: yorkshirenortheast@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
NB: Numbers are limited so early booking is recommended
Further details including tour times will be sent following confirmation
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