EU funding confirmed for rural grant scheme

A key rural EU fund will be supported for at least another two years, the Government has confirmed.

Wednesday, 30th November 2016, 1:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:43 pm

Nearly £2 million of LEADER grants are available and applications are being considered and approved by the Northumberland Coast and Lowlands LEADER Local Action Group (LAGs).

LAGs allocate grant funding to community groups and local businesses to help them carry out projects which create jobs, help businesses to grow and which benefit rural communities.

LAGs new chair Ross Lowrie said: “Since the referendum result we’ve worked hard to secure this valuable rural funding for coastal Northumberland, and it’s fantastic news that we can confirm we’re open for business for at least another two years. If someone has an idea then we would very much like to hear from them.”

He added: “We are especially keen to receive applications covering culture, heritage, and rural community services.”

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Grants can be offered to projects with eligible costs and anyone with an idea for a project or wanting to find out more about LEADER funding can contact Ivan Hewitt, the Programme Officer, by email ivan.hewittl@northumberland.gov.uk or telephone 01670 623927

The LEADER Programme in Northumberland is supported by Northumberland County Council.

Cllr Allan Hepple, the council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “Growing the economy is this council’s number one corporate priority and this is another source of funding which will provide a great boost to our rural communities.

“We’d encourage any business or community group to get in touch and see how they could benefit.”