and Rother Rural Partnership LEADER Funding -
Over 80 projects benefitted during the last round of funding
From July 2015, businesses in the rural areas of Wealden
and Rother (WARR Partnership) will have the opportunity to apply for EU funding
totalling £1.472 million.
Funding under LEADER is available to rural businesses, farmers, foresters,
growers, landowners, environmental organisations, cultural, heritage and community
providers, as well as voluntary and charitable organisations. The Partnership
will be encouraging projects that will assist, strengthen and develop the
local economy and deliver jobs, growth and community benefits in rural East
During the previous four year LEADER Programme, the WARR Partnership supported
80 rural projects, created or protected over 90 full-time equivalent jobs,
and led to just over £4 million being invested in small businesses and communities
(including matched private sector funding).
The WARR Partnership has received provisional approval of the LDS bid for
funding to support the rural economy in Wealden and Rother from 2015 to 2020.
However, we are awaiting confirmation of our budget allocation, and the programme
document to be signed off by the EU, before contracts can be drawn up for
the WARR Partnership. We therefore do not anticipate being able to formally
announce that we are operational and able to receive applications until late
May / June 2015.
to provide an update at our free Conference on Grants, Woodland Management,
Woodfuel, Livestock and Land Management on 27th March 2015 at the Woodland
Enterprise Centre, Flimwell, TN5 7PR; please contact us on 01580 879547 for
more information and to register your attendance.
Previous Projects included:- The Bistro at Etchingham Station, providing a
local venue for residents and visitors and creating job opportunities; Lamb
Farm, Rye converted a redundant wool store into a holiday let, this preserved
the building and enabled sustainable diversification of the farm; Rye Football
Club installed pitch flood lighting with their grant, enabling greater use
of the ground space and ensuring weekly training sessions for four squads;
a farm shop near Heathfield converted a disused outbuilding to a farm shop;
An online lingerie and swimwear store specifically for those having undergone
surgery as a result of illness, Ash Hurdle production by Alex Ball, this company
already supplied birch bundles to racecourses but to sustain their business
needed to produce a smaller bundle made from ash trees, the grant enabled
the business to purchase the necessary equipment, forward and improve cash