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Plumpton College
Ditchling Road
Plumpton, Lewes
East Sussex. BN7 3AE
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Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership LEADER Funding

The Project so far: May 2017

The WARR Partnership has received over two hundred enquiries so far under the current Programme.
The WARR Partnership was one of the first to launch the latest LEADER Funding Programme in October 2015 and as at 12th May 2017 has received 18 Full Applications. Of these, 17 have progressed through the competitive process to be awarded grants totalling £397,458.38; the WARR Partnership was the joint first group to award grants. Of these grants, 7 have now been paid, totalling £150,070.32. The grants have assisted with the purchase of equipment for a new farm shop and café; machinery for a forester to extract timber from environmentally sensitive woodland; mobile sheep handling and performance monitoring to improve flock performance; expansion of a retail business into the production of wholesale pies, pasties, etc., using local produce; an accessible holiday let.

Partnership Chairman Hamish Monro commented, “We are pleased with the range of projects coming forward under the latest round of LEADER funding. The grants approved so far have been excellent value for public money, leading to business growth and new jobs that would otherwise have not been created. We would encourage other projects to come forward and take advantage of the funding available over the next two financial years.”

Grants are mainly for capital items such as equipment and are for a maximum 40% of the cost. The minimum grant is £2,500 and the maximum £50,000. The funding is competitive, with a total of approximately £500,000 available each financial year to March 2019.

For more information contact Don Cranfield. Plumpton College. Telephone 01273 892031