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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Flood emergency funds for North Yorkshire

Please find below details of three funds offering support for specific industries in the wake of the December 2015 flooding. For further information please use the website details given below.

Emergency Flood Relief Fund – Sport England
Sport England’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund will initially invest up to £400,000 of National Lottery funding into sports facilities that have been damaged as a result of the floods and storms. This dedicated fund will help safeguard community sport and get sports facilities back up and running as quickly as possible.
Sport England state that early indicators suggest the biggest impact of the bad weather has been on sports such as hockey, rugby and football because of flooded and waterlogged pitches, and water sports where many clubs are on riverbanks or in coastal areas.
Clubs and community-based sports organisations needing funding to clean up and get up and running quickly can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding which could be awarded very quickly.
The new £400,000 National Lottery fund has been created specifically to help with the damage of the exceptional weather caused by the recent unprecedented rainfall, and is in addition to Sport England’s other grant programmes which will continue to operate as normal.
The fund will remain open until 1 February 2016 (this date will be kept under review) to ensure that those who are currently unable to assess the damage will not lose out.

Farming Recovery Fund
Farmers hit by Storm Eva flooding in Lancashire and Yorkshire will receive emergency funding of up to £20,000 each, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced.
The Farming Recovery Fund, originally launched to help farmers hit by Storm Desmond in Cumbria, Northumberland and parts of Lancashire, will now be extended to farmers in all the areas affected by storms over Christmas and Boxing Day.
Farmers suffering from uninsurable losses can apply for Farming Recovery Fund grants of up to £20,000 via the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to help restore soils, rebuild tracks and repair flood channels.

Grants available for flooded businesses

Grants of up to £2500 are now available for businesses flooded following the recent storms. The majority of eligible businesses will receive an application form directly, however the form and guidance are also available online.

Businesses can claim a grant to help with clear up and business recovery costs. Business unable to trade from their premises may also be eligible for Business Rate Relief of up to 3 months. See http://www.businessinspiredgrowth.com/news/grants-available-for-flooded-businesses/ for details

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On-Farm AD Fund available from WRAP

On-Farm AD Fund

The On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund has been developed to help farmers in England get financial support to build small-scale AD plants on their farms. See http://www.wrap.org.uk/node/16778 for further details, and a grant application form.

The scheme is split into two parts:

The first part is a business plan grant up to £10,000 to investigate the environmental and economic potential of building an AD plant on the farm.

The second part is a capital loan up to £400,000 (or a maximum of 50% of the project cost). This is available for AD plants producing up to 250kW of power.

The funding is available in England only, however if you are a farmer in another nation resources have been produced to help you through the process of feasibility and business planning.

See http://www.wrap.org.uk/node/16778 for further details, and a grant application form.

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Are you thinking about applying for LEADER funding?

Are you thinking about applying for LEADER funding?
Please read the answers to some FAQ’s I have received within the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area

1. When can I apply for LEADER?
We (in the Yorkshire Dales) expect to open for applications in the Autumn. We hope we can issue our first call for projects in early October. We will hold funding drop in sessions around the LEADER area towards the end of this year and early next year, with workshops on how  to apply; these will be well publicised in the local press and social media.
As soon as possible we will make available on our website the Applicant Handbook. This will give broad details about this national programme and the national process of applying.
2. Am I in the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area?
We have a small scale map on our website showing the extent of our LEADER area (marked in red) http://www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/local-development-strategy.

mapv2compThe map also shows the boundaries of the protected landscapes in our area; if this map is a little hard to interpret there are other alternatives:
• Email rima.berry@ydmt.org and enquire – a larger format map (9MB) can be requested and a list of the parishes/wards covered can be sent on request.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rural-development-programme-for-england-leader-funding has a link to a map showing all of the England LEADER groups, this shows fairly well which LEADER areas may cover a project. Particularly useful if you are close to an administrative boundary.

In summary the Yorkshire Dales covers the WHOLE of Richmondshire District and Craven District, the eastern side of Harrogate Borough and a small part of Hambleton.
3. How will I know you are “Open for Business” ?
If you are interested in LEADER please sign up for our newsletter and join us! Rima.berry@ydmt.org
We will be issuing Calls for Projects – invitations for people to apply for LEADER funding – towards the Autumn. These will be on our website http://www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk , publicised in the local press and social media, through the LEADER partnership organisations and in our newsletter. The Calls will also be published on the gov.uk website.

4. Can LEADER fund revenue costs?

Until recently LEADER has been promoted as a capital grants programme. Ministers have agreed that a limited amount of revenue costs (short-term salaries associated with a specific project) would be eligible, subject to final approval by the Rural Payments Agency. Exact criteria are still being developed and each project proposal will be assessed on a case by case basis, ensuring that the business need is clear and directly linked to supporting rural jobs and growth. This will not include salaries and on-going running costs for commercial business applicants.

5. Can other public grants match LEADER funding?

The amount of other public funding an applicant has will affect the proportion of project costs we can fund – the intervention rate. This intervention rate will vary depending upon the specific Call for projects that we release.
For example, for a commercial business or profit making enterprise the intervention rate is likely to be a maximum of 40%. If a project receives 75% funding from public funds, such as Heritage Lottery Fund or a District Council business grant, LEADER could not provide any further funding as the project already has more than 40% public funding.
If the applicant is a non-profit rural business, (for example, a community led enterprise), LEADER may fund up to 100% of the eligible project costs. This will depend upon specific Call for Project criteria as set locally.
Please note that the Heritage Lottery Fund is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and is considered as Public Funding.

That’s all for now – keep your questions coming and I will post answers or respond to you directly!

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