Business and Economy

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

EU grants to boost the rural economy are coming in 2014
Consultation phase runs from February to April 2014

Over the last five years the European Union strand of funding known as LEADER has provided many rural businesses and communities with grants of up to £50,000. In North Hampshire, funded projects have been very diverse, funding anything from a milk pasteuriser to a marketing plan for a maize maze!

However, some businesses found it difficult to apply to the programme, or were disappointed to discover their project was not eligible. The consultation offers you the opportunity to help shape the 2014 programme and open up new opportunities for funding. What we learn from the consultation will provide the core details for the next strategy and lead what we will fund.

Grants will be available for:

  • rural businesses and services
  • micro and small businesses
  • farming
  • forestry
  • heritage
  • tourism and culture

Take part in the consultation survey

More about the LEADER programme

To be eligible for a grant your business should

  • be located in a rural area, or
  • have a beneficial effect on the the rural economy and/or community. (Either directly, such as creating jobs or providing goods/services for locals, or indirectly, for example using local suppliers or rural facilities/services.)

So please do spare a few minutes to help us by completing the survey.

You can also use the survey to tell us that you are interested in applying for a grant in the next round. If you are, please remember to include your contact details at the end of the survey, including a brief idea of what we could help to fund. We will contact you when the new LEADER Programme is ready to receive formal applications, hopefully in summer 2014.

We are also looking for new members for the North Hampshire LEADER action group. If you are interested in getting involved in helping to shape the rural economy of North Hampshire and think you could spare a few days a year, please get in touch.

Case studies

Examples of projects which received funding in 2013 are available on the separate North Hampshire LEADER website (external site)

Contact details

Emily Preston, LEADER Programme Manager for North Hampshire

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