New scheme offers funding for Rutland businesses

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Rutland businesses that are looking to grow, but need help with funding are invited to attend the launch of the Rutland and Rural Peterborough Leader programme.

Economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough and Rutland County Council launched the new grant fund and support programme last November, following a successful joint bid to secure £1.32m to fund and deliver support in Rutland and rural Peterborough.

Steve Bowyer, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough

Steve Bowyer, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough

The Leader scheme, part of the Rural Development Programme for England, is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Farmers, growers, rural businesses and community groups can now apply for Leader funding to support projects that help to grow the rural economy in their area.

Grants are also available to boost tourism, by supporting cultural and heritage activities.

Steve Bowyer, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough, said: “By attending this event potential applicants can learn whether they are eligible for funding and how to apply. Our team will be on hand to answer any questions and provide the necessary guidance.”

The event will take place at the Rutland Agricultural Society in Oakham, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on February 8. For full details and to register for the event please visit the website or call 01733 317404.