A workshop will take place next month to help ensure local businesses don’t miss out on current EU funding opportunities.
On Tuesday, March 13, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, a workshop will take place at Bourne Corn Exchange, on Abbey Road, showcasing EU funding opportunities for micro, small and medium-sized rural enterprises in the county.
Among the funding programmes to be discussed will be the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, which is making £4.2 million available for projects focused on food processing, business development and tourism.
There will also be a chance to learn more about the LEADER programme, which provides grants to support projects that help to grow the rural economy.
Projects already supported include:
- A packing and holding area for dispatching mail order plants and the purchase of an automated transplanting machine.
- The installation of a mustard seed cleaning and drying plant
- Conversion of an agricultural warehouse to create a venison and red meat processing factory and the purchase of a skin pac machine.
- Conversion of a redundant farm building to a micro-brewery and the purchase of the brewing equipment
- A Flow wrapping machine for packing Broccoli, Red/White Cabbage to supermarket requirements
- A Woodland Forwarder for a Sawmill
- An Indoor Children’s Play Barn at a Farm attraction
- Luxury wooden Wigwams to expand existing and create new glamping sites
- A new build multi-purpose village hall/community hub
- Fitting out a new café/bar in a growing village
So far the LEADER programme has granted £2,090,039.10 to 57 local businesses and organisations across the county, creating 128 direct jobs and there is still £4,594,363 of funding available.
The event will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm. To book a place online click or tap here.