Published: Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Rural businesses and social enterprises in the Harrogate district are being encouraged to put forward a grant application for projects.

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme has been set up to build a sustainable community and economy that capitalises on the area's environment, landscape, culture and heritage.

The current round of funding is looking for applications in five categories:

  • Micro or small enterprise and farm diversification capital grant scheme
  • Forestry capital grant scheme
  • Dales farm capital grant scheme
  • Tourism, heritage and culture capital grant and
  • Sustain and enhance rural services grant

There have already been many successful applications from businesses and projects within the Harrogate district. However, Harrogate Borough Council is encouraging more applicants from the Harrogate district to come forward. LEADER remains open for applications up to the point that the UK leaves the EU.

Kathryn Daly is Head of Planning and Development at Harrogate Borough Council. She said: “The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme is a community-led rural development programme which aims to improve the quality of life and prosperity in rural communities through locally driven rural development initiatives and projects.

“With this in mind, it's important that the way forward is directed by the people and organisations who live and work in those communities, and one very direct way they can influence what is happening in their area is by applying for these grants to develop their schemes and ideas.

“These grants are always hotly contested, so I would encourage people to get their applications in early.”

Details of each grant scheme, how much is available, along with guidance notes and how to apply are available at www.yorkshiredalesleader.co.uk/apply.

If you have a project idea and would like to discuss a potential application, you can email rima.berry@ydmt.org or telephone 015242 51002.