18 December 2019 / Categories: News The Solway, Border & Eden LEADER Programme is OPEN to PRIORITY 2 Applications Priority 2 - Support for Small & Micro Enterprises and Farm Diversification - OPEN Priority 2 - Support for Small & Micro Enterprises and Farm Diversification - OPEN Funds under this priority will be used to provide grants for developing or starting rural micro and small businesses and farm diversification. Applications are sought from projects which support: The growth of micro and small rural enterprises (non-agricultural); New business start-ups with capital purchases; Improvements in productivity and efficiency of micro and small enterprises; Community and social enterprise start up and expansion particularly to provide rural services. Support new diversification activity which does not displace other businesses and business activity in the area; Expand existing farm diversification projects which have significant outputs; Contribute to significant cost savings and income generation to the farm business through the introduction of renewable technology; Create links between the farm and the wider local economy; Retain young people/new entrants in farming by increasing farm income levels to improve its sustainability. Applicants must demonstrate how the project will provide economic growth and job creation opportunities. For every £30,000 of grant, applicants must be able to create at least 1 new full-time equivalent sustainable job. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU READ THE CALL FOR PROJECTS DOCUMENTS WHICH PROVIDES FURTHER INFORMATION AND DEADLINES ALL APPLICATIONS should demonstrate how the project will create wider benefits for the local community and economy. Projects can do this through, for example: The introductions of 'green' technology creating a significant saving in business running costs and/or which moves the business towards a recognised environmental accreditation. Creation of high skilled and/or high value jobs. Creation of employment for young people and disadvantaged groups. Use and promotion of local suppliers including food and drink. HOW TO APPLY For more information on how to apply please visit http://www.sbeleader.org.uk/how-to-apply.html. Previous Article Rural businesses to benefit from £35m government fund Next Article Carlisle Towns Fund Print 1889 Rate this article: 1.0 Please login or register to post comments.