Micro and small businesses from across Nottinghamshire are being given the opportunity to find out how they can bid for a share of £3.4m in European funding to boost rural areas.
The LEADER Programme is a new allocation of EU funding to help support the development of the rural economy and create new jobs, with separate schemes covering the north and south of the county.
The programme is being administered by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Two free masterclass events have been organised for interested businesses this month:
- Tuesday 15 March, from 8am at Ramsdale Park Golf Centre, Calverton. To book contact Craig Edson, tel: 0115 977 2686 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday 16 March, from 6pm at Retford Enterprise Centre, Randall Way, Retford. To book contact Jim Burley, tel: 0115 993 9337 / email email@example.com
The events will provide one to one advice from experts on how to develop projects and complete application forms.
LEADER funding will be available to support a wide range of projects, including:
- Rural tourism
- Supporting new and expanding small and micro businesses
- Increasing farm productivity
- Providing services to rural communities
- Improving forestry productivity
The South Nottinghamshire LEADER programme covers Rushcliffe, Gedling and a small part of Ashfield - further information is available from the LEADER South website.
Further information on the North Nottinghamshire Leader programme, covering Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood and parts of Mansfield, is available from the LEADER North website.
Councillor Diana Meale, Chair of Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The masterclass events provide a valuable insight into the do's and don'ts of applying for LEADER grants.
“They encourage applicants to look ahead and consider from the outset how they will deliver the project, including the impacts on their cash flow and how they may match fund the grant – which on average will contribute up to 40% of the costs of a project.
“I’d urge all businesses who think they may be able to grow their company with the support of LEADER funding to contact the team to check their eligibility and book onto one of these extremely useful events.”
The programme is currently accepting grant applications and will do up to 12 noon on 14 March 2016. Further call for applications will be announced in due course on the respective websites.