Grants can be used towards the purchase of capital equipment, machinery, innovative technology or construction costs to expand or improve property. All investments should lead to the creation of new jobs or the economic growth of a business.
Costs that can't be funded include salaries, running costs, like for like repair or replacements of existing items, standard computers and standard business software, moveable fittings such as desks and chairs.
Grants are available to support start-up businesses, micro and small businesses (with fewer than 50 employees), farmers, horticulturalists and those involved in tourism, heritage and rural services initiatives.
Applicants must be located in the Wash Fens area which covers the rural parts of Boston Borough, South Holland and the eastern edge of South Kesteven; Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings. A map of the eligible area can be downloaded from www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/washfensrdpe
Applicants based in the urban centres of Spalding and Boston cannot apply.
Grants are available up to 40% of project costs and are typically in the range of £2,500 to £40,000. Higher amounts can be awarded in exceptional circumstances, for example where significant jobs will be created.
LEADER is an EU grant from the Rural Development Programme for England. The Wash Fens is one of five Local Action Groups (LAGs) responsible for delivering LEADER funding across Greater Lincolnshire. For more information about LEADER visit: https://www.gov.uk/rural-development-programme-for-england-leader-funding. For details of other LEADER groups operating in Lincolnshire visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/funding
Download the Wash Fens Applicant Handbook, Outline Application Form and Guidance Notes from www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/washfensrdpe
Outline Application Forms can be submitted at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outline Applications are usually processed within 10 working days. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application.
If you have any queries about the grant, please contact the Wash Fens Local Action Group Manager
Tel: 01775 764496 or 07952 295150