Rural grants approach £2 million

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FARMS, small businesses and rural communities across the South-East have benefited from almost £2 million of funding from the LEADER grant programme.

The programme, which stands for Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l’Economie Rurale, uses money from the European Agricultural Fund to help support a range of rural enterprises.

The two LEADER programmes covering West Sussex and the surrounding area have now been awarded their 101st grant meaning a total of more than £1.8 million has been awarded across the region.

To celebrate the achievement, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader, Lionel Barnard is visiting some of the projects that have been awarded grants.

Mr Barnard said: “Thanks to funding from the LEADER programmes, the projects supported will help create 86 new jobs, with another 199 safeguarded.”

Recent applications include a new farm shop that will help secure the future of a small traditional dairy farm at Southview Farm, Bury, a new community-run store for the village of Milland and a new community allotments site serving the parishes of Ford, Clymping and Middleton-on-Sea.

For further information on LEADER and how to apply for grants, visit the County Council website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/rdpeleader, email rdpeleader@westsussex.gov.uk or contact 01243 756606.