The BNED LEADER Approach is now open for business and invites projects to apply for funding

The BNED LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) has been awarded €1,713,000 of European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development (EAFRD) through the Rural Development Programme for England for the funding of rural projects in the local area. This represents a Sterling equivalent of approximately £1,370,000 (this figure may alter in line with Euro exchange rates).

Funding will still be available until such time as the UK exits the European Union.

 

 

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Priority 1 – Support to increase farm productivity

1a) A project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding

Grant funding can help pay for:

  • equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of the use of energy, water, fertiliser and other direct inputs
  • equipment and machinery to reduce impacts on soils
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • investments to improve the management of slurry and manures to reduce the
  • reliance on artificial fertilisers and improve the nutrient management of soils
  • investments to mechanise production, increase productivity and help reduce harvest losses

1b) An investment in improving animal health and welfare

Grant funding can help pay for: 

  • equipment to improve animal welfare and support the management and prevention of disease
  • improving the early detection of diseases
  • equipment and machinery to improve animal handling above ‘standard equipment’

Who can apply for LEADER funding under priority 1a) & 1b)

  • farmers
  • groups of farmers
  • horticultural producers

Costs could include:

  • the buying of new and second hand equipment
  • costs related to the project such as engineer and consultant fees (as long as these don’t add up to more than 15% of the project’s total eligible costs)
  • buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software (but not an off-the-shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • patents, licences, copyrights and trademarks
     

1c) A project for processing primary agricultural produce to add value

Who can apply

  • farmers
  • horticultural producers
  • landowners
  • micro and small processing businesses
  • someone who wants to start a processing business

Grant funding can help pay for:

  • investment in equipment, technologies or processes to develop new or higher quality agri-food products
  • construction or conversion of buildings to be used for processing activities
  • investments in the production and processing of non-timber forest products, particularly wild venison, including on-holding cold storage and butchery facilities
  • investments in collaborative grain processing facilities which benefit a number of farmers
  • food processing projects investing in equipment, technologies or processes to reduce waste

Costs could include:

  • constructing and/or improving buildings
  • buying new and second hand equipment and machinery
  • The following costs are also eligible, if they form part of a larger project being funded:
  • architect, engineer or consultant fees related to the project (as long as these don’t add up to more than 15% of the project’s total eligible costs)
  • buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software (but not an off-the-shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • patents, licences, copyrights or trademarks
  • landscaping, when it is ‘making good’ as part of a larger construction project.
  • development of marketing materials, but not their production or distribution

1d) Investments in reservoirs and irrigation

Who can apply

  • farmers
  • groups of farmers
  • horticultural producers  

Grant funding can help pay for:

  • constructing a water storage reservoir (above or below ground) for use in crop production including construction of dam walls
  • synthetic liner, if needed
  • overflow / spillway
  • associated infrastructure such as
  • abstraction point including pump
  • pipework to fill the reservoir
  • water meters
  • irrigation pump(s) and controls
  • pumphouse
  • underground water distribution main and hydrants
  • filtration equipment including sand or screen filters and UV treatment
  • fencing for synthetically lined reservoirs only
  • best practice or innovative water application equipment such as
  • trickle irrigation
  • boom irrigators
  • software and sensors to optimise water application
  • buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software to monitor soil moisture levels and schedule irrigation (but not an off-the-shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • construction engineer fees for the project (as long as these don’t add up to more than 15% of the project’s total eligible costs)

Are panel engineer fees eligible?

Construction engineer fees (if incurred after a Grant Funding Agreement is signed) are potentially eligible but fees for supervising engineers and inspecting engineers are not eligible.

 

 

 

 

Support for Micro and Small Businesses

 

 

 

 

 

What the Grants are for:

Funds under this priority will be used to provide grants for:

  • developing or starting rural micro and small businesses
  • farm diversification projects for example - 

- agricultural contracting services using technologies eligible under priority 1a or 1b

- farm shops 

Who Can Apply?

These grants are for:

  • People who want to start a business in the Local Action Group (LAG) area
  • Farming or horticultural businesses that want to diversify into non-farming or non-horticultural activities
  • Micro and small businesses including social enterprises in the LAG area

Who Can't Apply?

The following are not eligible for the grants:

  • non-departmental public bodies
  • Crown bodies 

How Much Funding is Available?

In this priority, grants to commercial projects intended to make a surplus are awarded under industrial de minimis state aid rules and to a maximum of 40% of the project's eligible costs.  The minimum grant award is £3,500. 

Grant Funding Can Help Pay For:

  • Starting a new business
  • Developing an existing business
  • Diversifying into non-agricultural or non-horticultural activities 

Costs Could Include:

  • Constructing and/or improving buildings
  • Buying new and second hand equipment and machinery

The following costs are also eligible, if they form part of a larger project to be funded:

  • Architect, engineer or consultant fees related to the project (as long as these don't add up to more than 15% of the project's total eligible costs)
  • Buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software (but not an off the shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • Patents, licences, copyrights or trademarks
  • Landscaping, when it is 'making good' as part of a larger construction project
  • Developing of marketing materials, but not their production or distribution

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What the Grants are for

The aim of this funding priority is to support projects that will encourage more tourists to come, to stay longer and to spend more money in rural areas.

Who Can Apply

The following types of organisations are eligible to apply under this priority, depending upon the type of project. Please see page 26 of the Applicant's Handbook for more details

  • Small and Micro Businesses including social enterprises
  • Farmers wanting to diversify into tourism
  • Charities
  • Land owners
  • People or groups representing rural communities
  • Public bodies

These grants can fund a wide range of projects that provide products and services to tourists.  Who can apply depends on whether or not the project is profit-making and commercially run.

How Much Funding is Available

The amount of funding you can get depends on whether or not the project is commercially run and intended to make a profit.  The minimum grant is £3,500.

  • Commercially, profit-making project (such as a tourist attraction) - up to 40% of total project costs
  • Makes some income to offset costs but is not intended to make a profit (such as small buildings for tourist information; festivals) - up to 80% of total project costs
  • Generates no income (such as a new cycle path) - up to 100% of total project costs.

Grant Funding Can Help Pay For

Tourist attractions and activities including:

  • developing events and festivals promoting local products
  • developing culture, leisure, heritage, visitor activities or attractions and the marketing and signposting of these
  • supporting niche products linked to quality local food, culture, sport, heritage and rural crafts

Developing tourism infrastructure including:

  • access infrastructure to help people connect to the natural environment such as paths and cycle-ways
  • small buildings for tourist information centres, visitor centres, shelters, and signage and interpretation boards
  • developing innovative technology that enhances collaboration between businesses and provides information to attract visitors
  • developing quality accommodation if there are clear wider benefits to the local tourism economy and if activities do not displace existing accommodation
  • providing benefits to the wider tourism economy in the rural area, for example supporting shops, catering services, restaurants and cafes.

Costs Could Include

  • constructing and/or improving buildings
  • buying new and second hand equipment and machinery

The following costs are also eligible, if they form part of a larger project being funded:

  • architect, engineer or consultant fees related to the project (as long as these don't add up to more than 15% of the project's total eligible costs)
  • buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software (but not an off-the-shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • patents, licences, copyrights or trademarks
  • landscaping, when it is 'making good' as part of a larger construction project
  • development of marketing materials, but not their production or distribution
  • capital costs involved in supporting events and festivals
  • short term salaries associated with project development

Purchasing of buildings for community use where the project is not intended to make a profit may be eligible.  Please talk to the Programme Officer before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) if your project involves this.

What Isn't Covered

In addition to the list of items that are not eligible for LEADER funding under any Priority, salaries and office overheads of staff employed to run events and festivals are not eligible under this priority.

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Projects should make a contribution to growing the local economy.

They could include; the development of community buildings, public spaces or culturl/tourism amenities. 

Applications will be invited from projects that will improve rural service delivery to create new jobs and increase the sustainability of rural services.

Ensuring community access to key services is important. Community facilities such as village halls, pubs and churches play an important role in providing a base for other services in rural communities, such as childcare provision and post offices.

The LAG will encourage initiatives which enable new services to be provided in rural communities that fill gaps in current provision and will include:

Examples may include;

  • Setting-up, improvement or expansion of essential rural services for the local community
  • Investments in premises supporting leisure activities
  • Investments in the establishment, extension and modernisation of basic services provision facilities (e.g. local markets, community centres for social activities, etc.)

Eligible Activities may include;

  • Investments in innovative service delivery projects e.g. linked with alternative means of public transport systems or active ageing
  • Signposting of touristic sites
  • Construction and modernisation of tourism information centres, visitor information and guidance
  • Construction of shelters and safety facilities linked to soft-tourism
  • Establishing of e-booking systems for tourist services
  • Development of soft tourism with its basic strong features (small scale, locally specific product, local ownership and labour, local business linkages, strong social-cultural affinities, limited negative environmental impact)

Eligible Costs may include;

  • Construction, acquisition (including leasing) or improvement to immovable property
  • General costs linked to facilitating investments such as architect, engineer, consultation fees up to 15% of total project costs

How much grant funding can you apply for?

The LAG has determined within the Local Development Strategy to allocate 12% of the total funding to this priority. This equates to €168,558.

In exceptional circumstances the maximum amount you can apply for is 100% of the overall project costs, although the LAG would encourage private match funding for all projects.

De minimis state aid regulations mean that a maximum of €200,000 is available to any one applicant in a 3 year period. If an applicant has had other public funding, this may count towards de minimis state aid amount and reduce the amount of money they can apply for.

Outputs

Depending on the level of grant requested we will expect eligible grant recipients to achieve some of the following:

Number of beneficiaries - 6

Jobs created - 2