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Grant funding available for Maidstone's rural businesses

07 Sep 2015

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Millions of pounds to be made available to rural businesses and communities from October

Funding under LEADER is available to organisations to develop projects that will:

  • Support micro and small businesses and farm diversification;
  • Boost rural tourism; increase farm productivity;
  • Increase forestry productivity;
  • Provide rural services;
  • Provide cultural and heritage activities.

LEADER will match fund between 40% and 100% of the costs of the project.

During the last LEADER Programme, 116 rural projects across Kent were supported delivering over 80 jobs, supporting over 500 businesses and levering in over £5 million private sector match funding.

The Kent Downs and Marshes Leader programme (which includes the Maidstone Borough) will officially open for applications in October 2015. If you have a project idea discuss it first with Huw Jarvis at Kent County Council:

Huw Jarvis. Programme Manager, Kent Downs and Marshes Leader                                                        

Tel: 03000 417104 Mob; 0754 542 4051  Huw.Jarvis@kent.gov.uk

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