Availability of Funding

 

The BNED LEADER programme 2014-2020 has been awarded European Funding of €1,713,000 to be used on projects that will create jobs and growth and will therefore improve the local economy.

The European Commission have determined that the priorities for this programme are

Availability of Funding

  • Support for Increasing Farm Productivity Open or Close

    Increasing Farming Productivityee48These grants will support a wide range of farm investments. Particularly for businesses that want to invest in innovative business practices and new technologies to help them become more sustainable and productive. Farmers or groups of farmers can apply.

    The Area contains a high proportion of micro and small businesses which are the backbone of the rural economy.  Of the 8,380 businesses in the BNED area, 7,491 are small/micro enterprises. The majority of these businesses are very small with 0 - 4 employees.

    The rural area also contains a relatively small but growing number of community/social enterprises, again with the majority having very few employees. There is real potential to build on the enterprising nature of communities in the area using LEADER funding to support both new initiatives and to help develop and grow exisitng operations.


    Eligible Activities

    The objective of the LAG is to stimulate new micro-enterprise development and enable the growth of micro/small enterprises with particular emphasis on businesses and sectors with growth potential. Included within the eligible activities for the 2014-2020 rural development programme are;

    • Start-up costs - particularly those businesses that offer future growth potential

    • Developing the food and drink sector including the supply chain and encouraging greater exporting

    • Developing the creative/cultural and digital/higher technology industries evidencing growth potential

    • Developing micro/small businesses manufacturing themselves and within the sector supply chain       

    Who can apply for grant funding?

    Business people & entrepreneurs (either unemployed people, new businesses, or existing businesses employing less than 50 people) in all business sectors, but particularly the following: tourism, accommodation, visitor attractions and food & drink.

    Support will also be available for members of farming businesses who are looking to diversify into non-agricultural activities. 

     

    Eligible Costs may include:

    • Business start-up aid

    • Construction, establishment or expansion of workshops, factories, premises and facilities

    • Purchase of equipment - not consumables

    • Processing and marketing of products       

    How much grant funding can you apply for?

    The LAG has determined within the Local Development Strategy that 50% of project funding will be allocated to this priority. This equates to €702,329.

    The maximum amount you can apply for is 40% of the overall project costs up to a maximum amount of €200,000 (approximately £150,000). The remaining 60% must be private match which means you cannot use other public funding, such as Lottery funding and other European funding.

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

    Number of Micro-enterprises supported/created - 24

    Employment created - 44

    Ineligible and Eligible items [pdf / 68KB] RPA list of Ineligible and Eligible items for Priorities 1 & 6

  • Support for Micro/Small Enterprises and Farm Diversification Open or Close

    Support for Micro and Small BusinessesFunds under this priority will be used to provide grants for:

    • developing or starting rural micro and small businesses (these are businesses employing less than 50 workers with a turnover of less than €20m - approximately £15m)
    • farm diversification projects (farm businesses expanding into non-farming activities)

    The Area contains a high proportion of micro and small businesses which are the backbone of the rural economy. Of the 8,380 businesses in the BNED area, 7,491 are small/micro enterprises. The majority of these businesses are very small with 0 - 4 employees.

    The rural area also contains a relatively small but growing number of community/social enterprises, again with the majority having very few employees. There is real potential to build on the enterprising nature of communities in the area using LEADER funding to support both new initiatives and to help develop and grow exisitng operations.

    Eligible Activities

    The objective of the LAG is to stimulate new micro-enterprise development and enable the growth of micro/small enterprises with particular emphasis on businesses and sectors with growth potential. Included within the eligible activities for the 2014-2020 rural development programme are;

    • Start-up costs - particularly those businesses that offer future growth potential
    • Developing the food and drink sector including the supply chain and encouraging greater exporting
    • Developing the creative/cultural and digital/higher technology industries evidencing growth potential
    • Developing micro/small businesses manufacturing themselves and within the sector supply chain

    Who can apply for grant funding?

    Business people & entrepreneurs (either unemployed people, new businesses, or existing businesses employing less than 50 people) in all business sectors, but particularly the following: tourism, accommodation, visitor attractions and food & drink.

    Support will also be available for members of farming businesses who are looking to diversify into non-agricultural activities.

    Eligible Costs may include:

    • Business start-up aid
    • Construction, establishment or expansion of workshops, factories, premises and facilities
    • Purchase of equipment - not consumables
    • Processing and marketing of products

    How much grant funding can you apply for?

    The LAG has determined within the Local Development Strategy that 50% of project funding will be allocated to this priority. This equates to €702,329.

    The maximum amount you can apply for is 40% of the overall project costs up to a maximum amount of €200,000 (approximately £150,000). The remaining 60% must be private match which means you cannot use other public funding, such as Lottery funding and other European funding.

    Outputs:

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

    • Number of Micro-enterprises supported/created - 24
    • Employment created - 44

     

  • Support for Rural Tourism Open or Close

    Rural services0310To raise the profile of the area and to ensure it is attractive for residents, businesses and visitors. These projects will hope to link tourism providers, extend the tourism season and encourage visitors to stay by providing high quality recreational and tourism enterprises.

    The objective of this funding measure is to develop the visitor offer to enhance the quality, value and further growth potential of tourism to the local economy.

    By growing the quality of the visitor offer through supporting events, festivals, attractions and accommodation, it is the aim of this LEADER programme to develop the tourism sector and attract overnight visitors and the added economic benefits they bring.

    The potential for job creation, both directly and indirectly and the benefits to the surrounding local economy are considerable. The programme will therefore encourage projects that will deliver this through the following examples;

    • Accommodation upgrades and new development - hotels, B&Bs, hostels, yurts etc
    • Shops, catering services, restaurants and cafes
    • Use of IT and e-booking systems
    • Investment in green infrastructure e.g. cycle ways
    • Signage and interpretation linked with local food and drink and the natural/built environment
    • Visitor attractions, destination marketing and promotion
    • Events and festivals

    Who can apply for grant funding?

    • Business people & entrepreneurs (either unemployed people, new businesses, or existing businesses) particularly in the following business sectors: tourism, accommodation, visitor attractions and food & drink
    • A community group that wants to invest in small-scale infrastructure to support and develop tourism
    • A group of rural tourist businesses working together to develop groups of activity

    What will be achieved?

    The outcomes that would be expected to be achieved from funded projects will include;

    Increased quality of tourism and related businessesIncreased quality of visitors to the area from low-level spending day visitors to higher spending overnight visitorsIncreased diversity of tourism and related business/infrastructureIncreased number of tourism related jobs

    How much grant funding can you apply for?

    The LAG has determined within the Local Development Strategy to allocate 23% of the total funding. This equates to €323,073.

    The maximum amount you can apply for is 40% of the overall project costs up to a maximum of €200,000. The remaining 60% must be private match which means you cannot use other public funding, such as Lottery funding and other European funding.

    Outputs

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

    a) Number of new tourism actions supported - 12

    b) Additional number of overnight visitors - 2,461

    c) Employment Created - 19

     

  • Provision of Rural Services Open or Close

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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

  • Support for Cultural and Heritage Activity Open or Close

    Bolsover Castle 1Focuses on the promotion, enhancement and maintenance of the areas culture and heritage assets. Creating a sense of local identity through raised awareness of their importance and protecting culture and heritage features against damage and degradation.

    Who can apply for grant funding?

    Support is available for the conservation and upgrading of rural heritage and culture. Charities, Voluntary Organisations & other Formally Constituted Groups, land owners and Environmental & Heritage are eligible to apply.

    Examples may include:

    • Conversion of rural and/or redundant historic buildings into business or tourist facilities
    • Blue plaque scheme
    • Publicise and link trail networks and public rights of way to similar networks in border areas
    • Regeneration of the built heritage to provide high quality resources as flagships schemes for the area and attract businesses linked to recreation and leisure
    • Development of the green infrastructure and circular trails linking sites of special interest and interpretive materials to enhance the accessibility of the built and natural environment
    • Restoration of Chesterfield Canal (in the North East Derbyshire area only)
    • Local and regional events to celebrate the culture and history of the area.
    • Natural environmental and conservation projects which deliver high quality land management, restoration and conservation of natural habitats, to support biodiversityUpskilling and training to ensure quality enterprise and service for business sectors

    Eligible Activities:

    • environmental awareness actions and investments associated with the maintenance, restoration and upgrading of the natural heritage
    • undertake small-scale infra structural improvements studies and investments associated with maintenance, restoration and upgrading of the cultural heritage, such as the cultural features of cultural and environmental heritage

    Eligible Costs:

    grant aid towards the costs of capital investments interpretation and materials research studies audits

    How much grant funding can you apply for?

    The LAG has determined within the Local Development Strategy to allocate 3% of the total funding to this priority. This equates to €42,140

    The maximum grant rate is 100% for investments which are non-profit making, but have a benefit in terms of value added to the wider local economy. However, the LAG would encourage private match funding for all projects where possible.

    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 rural heritage actions supported - 1

     

  • Support for Forestry Productivity Open or Close

    Forestry Productivity8fa5More than 80% of England's woods are privately owned. Funding under this priority will aim to deliver permanent new supply chains and jobs that will, restore regular management to local woods and encourage a greater degree of added value to their timber output.

    Of the total BNED Area (approximately 43,600 ha), forest, woodland and wooded areas comprise approximately 4,300 ha of which 403 ha are classified as Public Forest Estate. Over 57% of the total woodland area is unmanaged.

    Who can apply for grant funding?

    Applicants will normally be private forest holders or small and medium sized forestry businesses.   

    Eligible Activities may include:

    • The production, extraction, mobilising, processing and marketing of timber and non-timber forest products 
    • New forestry technologies
    • Wood-fuel supply chains
    • Production, processing and marketing of non-timber forest products, for example wild venison/game

    Eligible Costs may include:

    • Investments in machinery and equipment
    • Processing, mobilising and marketing of products
    • Investments in production, processing and marketing. This shall include on-holding cold storage and butchery facilities
    • Specialised forestry transportation equipment, not standard transport activities       

    A more detailed list of the eligible and ineligible items within this priority can be found by downloading the document at the foot of this page.

    How much grant funding can you apply for?

    The LAG has determined within the Local Development Strategy to allocate 2% of the total funding to this priority. This equates to €28,094.

    The maximum amount you can apply for is 40% of the overall project costs. The remaining 60% must be private match which means you cannot use other public funding, such as Lottery funding and other European funding. 

    Outputs

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

    Number of forest, woodland and holdings benefiting - 4

    Number of jobs created - 2


    Ineligible and Eligible items [pdf / 68KB] RPA list of Ineligible and Eligible items for Priorities 1 & 6

  • Eligible and Ineligible Costs Open or Close

    What the LEADER grant can and cannot support

    In general, LEADER can meet capital costs, i.e. one-off costs, not revenue costs such as salaries, licences and rental costs. The following are not exhaustive lists. If you are unsure of any aspect of your project costs please contact us for further information.

    The following are examples of what the grant funding can support:

    • Machinery, equipment and other capital costs
    • Market research/feasibility study costs
    • Marketing costs
    • Start-up costs
    • Professional fees/technical support e.g. architect, surveyor or engineer (the applicant must cover the costs of design and planning permission before approaching LEADER)
    • Direct project overheads

     The following are examples of what the grant funding will not support:

    • Costs incurred before the contract is approved (such as architects fees and costs associated with obtaining planning permission)
    • Costs connected with leasing contracts, interest re-financing, overheads/insurance costs
    • Costs involved in the purchase of production rights (quotas)
    • Livestock or for annual plants and their associated costs
    • Mainstream agricultural buildings or machinery
    • Work already started in advance of grant funding
    • All insurances

    In respect of projects within the Farming and Forestry priorities, a more detailed list of the eligible and ineligible costs has been drawn up by the Rural Payments Agency and can be downloaded at the foot of this section. 

    The lists are not exhaustive, therefore if the particular item you are wanting to include in your project is not shown, please contact the Programme Officer.


    Ineligible and Eligible items [pdf / 68KB] RPA list of Ineligible and Eligible items


Consultation took place in the early part of 2014 to determine the order of importance of these priorities for this area. This consultation consisted of two main elements;

  • A Survey Monkey electronic questionnaire

  • A Stakeholder event to consider the survey results

The outcomes of the survey enabled the LAG to determine the allocation of funds between the priorities. The order of importance and the amount allocated to each is shown below. A table of these allocations can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Please note the figures shown are in Euro's:

  1. Support for increasing farm productivity - €140,466
  2. Support for micro/small enterprises and farm diversification - €702,329
  3. Support for rural tourism - €323,073
  4. Provision of rural services - €168,558 
  5. Support for cultural and heritage activity - €42,140
  6. Support for increasing forest productivity - €28,094

The RDPE/LEADER Approach is subject to European Union rules on State Aid. In certain circumstances there is a limit on the amount of public funds a single business can receive within a three year period (€200,000). If you have already received LEADER or other European Union funding, please contact the team to discuss your current eligibility.

To see the whole application process, take a look at the How To Apply page.

The criteria for funding remains the same and any works that take place on your project before an offer of funding is made will not be eligible for funding.

If you would like any further information, please contact the Leader Team.