LEADER Rural Business Grants

By
Jim Brown

The LEADER programme is currently offering capital grants for rural businesses (micro – small) and organisations to support business growth and increases in productivity.  Funding can be used to support projects linked to; increasing farm productivity, farm diversification, boosting tourism, developing food and drink enterprises, providing rural services, development of rural businesses, increasing forestry productivity and providing culture & heritage activities.  LEADER grants are typically for 40% of eligible capital costs and range from £2,500 to £100,000. Projects should aim to deliver at least one of the following outputs: job creation ; increased turnover; introduction of new processes or techniques ; improved services or additional visitor numbers.  Further details and case studies can be found on the Suffolk County Council website (click) or emailing: fundingenquiries@suffolk.gov.uk

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