Clock ticking on grant applications

The end of November marks the deadline for rural projects bidding for grants worth thousands of pounds.

Entrepreneurs within the Greater Lincolnshire LEP area have until 5pm on 27 November to submit their idea to boost the rural economy through tourism projects and micro or SME operations.

Defra’s Growth Programme is worth £177m in total. A £15m slice was made available to successful bidders from other areas in the summer.

In September, more rural applicants were encouraged to get their businesses off the ground. A range of 2016 deadlines have been applied, with individual grants in this latest round said to be worth ‘upwards of £35,000’. In Greater Lincolnshire, applicants have already been vying for individual grants of between £50,000 and £140,000.

A Defra spokesperson said: “Hundreds of rural business have benefited from Rural Development Programme funding, with entrepreneurs using the money to expand and promote local tourism.

“Successful applicants include cookery schools, garden centres, tea rooms and farm shops, alongside cutting edge food producers who are taking the gastronomic scene by storm with their local cider and new charcuterie and cheese products.”

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