Call for projects to boost Oxfordshire’s rural
Organisations and individuals with ideas on how to boost our rural economy are being encouraged to apply for grants from a new £1.5millon fund for Oxfordshire. The Oxfordshire LEADER Programme is offering grants to farmers, rural businesses, communities and those managing rural land who have a project that would contribute to one or more of the following themes:
• reviving the waterways – specifically the River Thames and Oxford Canal
• ‘get growing, get selling and get eating local’ – improving the processing and marketing of local food
• unlocking the potential of woodland – actively managing woodland and developing local distribution network for woodfuel, timber and wood products
• vibrant villages – creating more economic activity to stop villages becoming dormant with limited opportunities.
Applications need to be based within the Oxfordshire LEADER area – to check if you are in this area please see the LEADER map.
Grants are available from 2015 to 2020 with the first awards being made in June 2015. Anyone with a viable idea to boost their local area should contact Amanda Holland, LEADER project officer.
The Oxfordshire LEADER Programme is being administered by South Oxfordshire District Council who previously oversaw the successful Southern Oxfordshire LEADER Programme, which ran between 2008 and 2013
Grant awards will be assessed by a Local Area Group (LAG), a
non-political group that brings together public, private and community representatives to bring forward, support, fund and monitor
If your area is not included in the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER programme it may be included as part of the North Wessex Downs or Chilterns programmes, who were both also successful in their bids.