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Lindsey Action Zone

The Lindsey Action Zone is OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS to distribute LEADER funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2014-2020, across West Lindsey and the inland part of East Lindsey including the Lincolnshire Wolds and market towns, to businesses and community groups who will make a contribution to growing the rural economy.

Please be aware of the latest news about Brexit and the impact this may have on LEADER funding before applying for a grant.

Local businesses, farmers, foresters and those involved in tourism, heritage and community initiatives can apply for grants to support activities that will boost the rural economy. This includes creating new jobs, growing businesses, increasing tourism and heritage visitors or providing new services in rural areas.

Download our Local Development Strategy to find out more about the following priority areas.

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    Increase farm productivity

    These grants will support a wide range of farm investments.  They are particularly for businesses that want to invest in innovative business practices and new technologies to help them become more sustainable and productive.

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    Micro and small businesses and farm diversification

    Funds under this priority will be used to provide grants for developing or starting rural businesses and farm diversification projects.

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    Rural tourism

    The kinds of tourism business start-up and business development projects that are likely to attract funding will be those developing high quality visitor products and services that link tourism providers, extend the tourism season and encourage visitors to stay.

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    Provide rural services

    Projects should make a contribution to growing the local economy. They could include, the development of community buildings, public spaces, or cultural or tourism amenities.

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    Culture and Heritage

    They will create a sense of local identity through raised awareness of their importance; and/or helps protect cultural heritage features against damage and degradation.

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    Support for increasing forestry productivity

    More than 80% of England’s woods are privately owned. Funding under LEADER will aim to deliver permanent new supply chains and jobs that, at the same time, restore regular management to local woods and encourage a greater degree of added value to the timber output.

How to apply

1) Check if your project is located in the Lindsey Action Zone (open map)

2) Download and read the Applicant Handbook

3) Check the application submission dates

4) Complete an Outline Application Form (see guidance notes)

5) Submit to

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Last updated: 8 September 2016

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