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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