Grant funding available for Maidstone's rural businesses

07 Sep 2015


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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