Leader Fund Launch 2nd June 2009


The Leader Fund is a new source of money for the North Wessex Downs, boosting the economy. Farmers, foresters and businesses can use this extra pot of cash towards those big ideas they wish they could do if only they had the capital!

The official launch event takes place at Hungerford Town Hall, Tues 2nd June, 6pm – 7.30pm 

Hosted by the North Wessex Downs Local Action Group, the launch draws attention to the money available. There is also a brief presentation to explain what sort of project ideas are eligible.

WHO CAN APPLY? Farmers, foresters and small rural businesses based within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Community groups and organisations, social enterprises and charities and individuals in the North Wessex Downs AONB area can also apply.

TO GET LEADER MONEY your scheme must deliver at least one of the themes in the Local Development Strategy as outlined below:

  • Creating opportunities to enjoy the North Wessex Downs
  • Supporting community development and business transformation
  • Promoting local food
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Projects must also address regional targets: Axis 1 – Helping to make agriculture and forestry more competitive and sustainable Axis 3 – Enhancing opportunities in rural areas.

If you would like further information please contact Hazel Newman on 01458 253614 or email Hazel.


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