Fund title: REAL Devon LEADER Programme

Focus of fund/fund aims:

To boost the rural economy in Mid and East Devon through capital grants for businesses and community organisations. Scheme expanded to support more applications from the farming community.

Application deadline:

Applications wil be considered regularly throughout 2018: the final closing date is 19 January 2019

Fund description:

The REAL Devon ‘LEADER’ funding programme, which aims to support rural businesses in Mid and East Devon*, has been expanded. More items are now eligible for applications from the farming community. Grants need to be allocated by March 2019 so whether you’re a farmer, grower, forester, local rural business or rural community organisation in Mid or East Devon, it’s worth finding out if you’re able to apply.

The LEADER programme provides capital grants, such as equipment and machinery which helps businesses and communities to:

  • increase farm productivity
  • support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
  • boost rural tourism
  • provide rural services
  • provide cultural and heritage activities
  • increase forestry productivity

The scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) which is run by DEFRA and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

*The REAL Devon Local Action Group covers the majority of Mid Devon and seven East Devon parishes (Brampford Speke, Huxham, Nether Exe, Poltimore, Rewe, Stoke Canon and Upton Pyne).

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