Leader money could boost your business


Last night’s official launch of the local LEADER fund was a great success, with 170 guests at the Hungerford Town Hall. Richard Benyon MP gave great encouragement to everyone to make the most of the new source of money.

The Right Honourable Mr Benyon whole-heartedly endorsed the LEADER scheme and said, “Two and a half million pounds, when the nation’s coffers are empty, is a lot of money, and a great opportunity. This is a chance, particularly for farmers and landowners, to get some pump-prime money.”

The Local Action Group for the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has secured £ 2.5 million to give away by 2013. Yes, they are giving money away – and you don’t have to be a charity to get some of it! Farmers, landowners, somebody starting up a new business, they can all apply for a grant towards the right type of project. Community organisations can also apply.

Look carefully at the themes and targets that they have for the LEADER money. Make sure your project will achieve one or more. Then contact them, or submit an Expression of Interest Form.

For more details, contact Hazel Newman, tel: 01458 253614
or see www.northwessexleader.org.uk

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