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Funding is available for Eastleigh businesses through the Fieldfare LEADER programme. The Fieldfare LEADER programme is open and accepting applications.
The grants are to support projects that will create jobs and economic growth in designated rural areas through small grants. The funding will support micro and small businesses, farmers, growers, foresters, private and public organisations, voluntary and constituted community groups.
How much can I apply for?
Funding is limited and an average grant is likely to be around £10,000. The minimum amount of grant that we can provide is £2,500 and the maximum is £50,000. Projects seeking more than £10,000 must be able to demonstrate a significant benefit to the local rural economy through the creation of new jobs and improved financial viability and sustainability.
Grants for commercial projects are up to 40% of the project costs. For other projects, the likely maximum amount of grant support will be 80%.
Please see each specific theme fact sheet on the right hand side of this page. these set out information about what can be funded, how much match funding might be required and what we can fund
The funding will support micro and small businesses, farmers, growers, foresters, private and public organisations, voluntary and constituted community groups
Check if you are in the grant area
You can check if your business is in the postcode eligible for the grant by using the location check on the Fieldfare Leader website - check here (look for the 'Location checker').
What is the next Rural Development Programme about?
The Fieldfare Local Development Strategy is divided into core economic activity areas. These are:
Support for tourism
Support for forestry production
Increase farm production
Support for cultural and heritage activity
Support for rural services
How do I find out more and how to apply?
All applicants are encouraged to make contact with the programme team. The team is best placed to provide up to date and specific information about the Fieldfare LEADER programme. Fieldfare operates a three stage application process. The first stage is to make contact with the team and to attend an information day. We will provide you with an Initial Interest Form to help us decide how best we can help you. If your plans fit within the LEADER objectives, we will send you an Outline Application
Our contact details are:
Ken Brown 01962 848 588 (KBrown@winchester.gov.uk)
FieldFare Leader Programme