Rural programme to provide projects with vital funding

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

A scheme for rural businesses and communities in the county that has nearly £4million to distribute is once again open for business.

Applications can now be made for the latest Northumberland LEADER Programme, which will provide grants to small businesses, farmers and foresters as well as community projects.

A total of 70 per cent of the available funding will be used to support projects that create jobs and economic growth.

The remaining funding will be directed at projects and activities which demonstrate that they contribute to improving the rural economy in Northumberland.

LEADER is a method of delivering rural development through a community-led approach. It is a European Union initiative and forms part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

The Northumberland scheme is supported by the county council and Grant Davey, leader of the authority, said: “Growing the economy is this council’s number one corporate priority and this is another source of funding that will provide a great boost to our rural communities.

“We’d encourage any business or community groups to get in touch and see how they could benefit.”

The Northumberland Coast and Lowlands LEADER section includes Lynemouth and rural villages and hamlets near Morpeth, such as an area covering parts of Stannington that goes towards Ponteland.

Section chair Ross Weddle said: “For more information, or if you have an idea for developing a business, boosting rural tourism or increasing the productivity of farms, please call Ivan Hewitt on 01670 623927 or email ivan.hewitt@northumberland.gov.uk”