The Northern Lincolnshire LEADER funding programme has supplied £1.2m of match funded grants to rural businesses to help them increase productivity, diversify and promote rural heritage.
The current scheme, which has been running since 2014, has supported 52 businesses in North and North East Lincolnshire, and helped create 53 new jobs in the area.
The aim of the LEADER funding programme was to:
- Increase farming productivity
- Support micro and small enterprises in rural areas and farm diversification
- Promote rural tourism
- Provide rural services
- Support our rural cultural heritage
- Increase forestry
With a broad range of priorities for the funding, the projects the LEADER fund has supported have an equally broad range, and include: £80,000 for Garthorpe Farming Co to construct a new storage facility and create a new job; £80,000 for Hirst Priory to provide four new en-suite guest rooms, develop subterranean dining area ‘The Vaults’, and create eight new jobs; and £3,000 for Infocus ID to convert old warehouses, kennels and an office block into a new manufacturing and administration base for the company, creating four jobs.
Together with the match funding for the projects, the LEADER fund has helped boost the rural economy by over £3m.
Janet Godfrey, the Chair of the LEADER programme Local Action Group (LAG), said: “The LEADER funding has helped hotels, cafes, coffee shops and helped farmers to diversify and purchase new technololgies. All this will help sustain their futures and the economy of rural communities within North and North East Lincolnshire.
“We have over-achieved our contracted outputs and delivered a successful LEADER programme, improving the rural areas of northern Lincolnshire and supporting the communities within them.”
The LEADER programme has been funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.