Yorkshire Dales area secures £2.2m funding to support the rural economy

A programme to support farming and rural enterprises has secured £2.2m to enable new jobs and economic growth in the Yorkshire Dales area. The funding, called LEADER, comes from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and is managed by Defra.
The Yorkshire Dales Local Action Group consulted with people working and living in the rural areas of Richmondshire, Craven, Harrogate and Hambleton to identify opportunities to boost economic growth, create new jobs and to improve the quality of life in their communities.
The Yorkshire Dales Local Action Group will work closely with York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to make best use of the funding for rural development and support for rural businesses.
Rima Berry, LEADER Co-ordinator explained: “This is a unique opportunity for the rural businesses and communities in our area to benefit from investment in initiatives that other types of main stream “top-down” funding fails to reach. This opportunity has only been possible through the amazing commitment and enthusiasm of local people and all our partner organisations to identify together the barriers we face as a rural area and apply for LEADER status so that we might fund the innovative and collaborative solutions to them.”
The Programme will open for applications towards the end of June 2015.
Please contact us if you have a project that fits within the Yorkshire Dales LEADER strategy (this can be found on this blog a few posts back, along with the Project Ideas form) and if you would like to join the Local Action Group mailing list.
Rima Berry: rima.berry@ydmt.org Tel: 015242 51002,

About Rima Berry

I champion equitable community development, knowledge exchange and seeing the bigger picture.
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