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Rural LEADER Funding

Rural Leader Funding

Are you a rural business owner or have a land based enterprise in Kent seeking to develop a new project that will strengthen and grow your business?

Then you’ll be pleased to know that you may be eligible for funding under The LEADER Development Program for England. This is a great opportunity for you to obtain funding to help you realise your growth plans benefiting not only your business and yourself, but also the wider rural area in which you live.

Funding is available to rural businesses, farmers, foresters, growers and landowners to develop projects that will assist, strengthen and develop their businesses and the local area.

Funding is available in the following 3 geographical locations:

  1. East Kent Leader will cover the rural areas of Thanet, Canterbury, Dover, Swale (East of and including Faversham) and Shepway (north of the Romney marshes).
  2. Kent Downs and Marshes Leader will cover the rural areas of Ashford, Maidstone, Medway, Swale (west of Faversham), and the Romney Marshes.
  3. West Kent Leader covers the rural areas of Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, and part of rural Gravesham.

These areas have been defined by economic coherence and existing partnerships rather than administrative boundaries.

If you’re about to embark on a growth project that fits the Rural LEADER Funding criteria and you would like to find out if you are eligible for funding then you can contact the Rural Leader Program Manager in your area as follows:

West Kent Leader: caroline.lingham@sevenoaks.gov.uk  – 01732 227282

Kent Downs and Marshes Leader: huw.jarvis@kent.gov.uk – 03000 417104

East Kent Leader: huw.jarvis@kent.gov.uk – 03000 417104

The absolute deadline for all funding applications is October 2018.

Read about some of the local people, businesses and projects that have received funding in the past: Jane Bowyer, owner of Canterbury Cheesemakers Nick Waldron, master craftsman, carpenter and joiner and Mike Gillman, owner of the Log Barn.

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