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East Leicestershire LEADER opens for new applications

Rural businesses are invited to submit bids to the LEADER grant scheme which aims to boost East Leicestershire’s rural economy and create jobs.

The scheme opens for expressions of interest from Monday 12 June.

LEADER, part of the European Union’s Rural Development Programme, was launched locally in 2015 to support rural business and tourism across Melton and Harborough, as well as parts of Charnwood and Blaby. Grants of up to £35,000 are available and in some cases £75,000 could be awarded.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire County Council said: “I’d encourage rural businesses and communities to apply for a share of this fund. Since opening for applications in 2015 we have supported 13 projects from across East Leicestershire, distributing £300,000 of funding. £1 million of funding is still available for projects up until March 2019.”

Langton Brewery, was successful in receiving LEADER funding, used the money to install two new brew and fermenting tanks. Alistair Chapman from Langton Brewery said: “LEADER funding has enabled us to increase our brewing capacity to meet increased demand for our beers”.

Priorities for the latest round of bidding are tourism businesses, small food and drink businesses, small and micro businesses, forestry businesses and community projects increasing access to rural services.

More information and expression of interest forms can be found at www.oakleaves.org.uk/east-leicestershire-leader