Posted on 24th May 2016
A boost for the Sussex rural economy
Grants worth almost £153,000 have been awarded to five local projects that will help grow the rural economy and create seven full time jobs.
The funding has been awarded through LEADER – part of the Rural Development Programme for England – to local rural businesses in West Sussex and Lewes District.
LEADER grants can be used to help with a wide range of capital investments to boost the economy and this first batch of projects includes:
The Central Sussex and Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain Local Action Groups (LAGs) have a total of £2.5 million to support projects in rural West Sussex, Lewes District and Hayling Island.
Small rural businesses, farmers, foresters and rural community groups can apply for LEADER grants of up to £50,000 to carry out projects that will create jobs, help businesses to grow and benefit the rural economy.
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “The LEADER grants programme very much supports one of our main County Council priorities to continue to invest in our local economy.
“LEADER offers a much-needed helping hand to our local farmers, growers, foresters and small rural businesses and community groups to help them to develop and flourish.
“Thanks to the previous round of LEADER funding a total of 141 jobs were created over a five year period. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the impact this second round of the programme will have across our county and further afield.”
Applications for LEADER grants can be made through West Sussex County Council, the local administering body.
For more information about the grants, eligibility criteria, and to apply, visit the website at www.businesswestsussex.co.uk/leadergrants.
Alternatively, contact the LEADER Grants Team at West Sussex County Council on 0330 22 28001 or email email@example.com.
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