Availability of Funding

Our funding allocation has now been met and we are no longer accepting Expressions of Interest applications.

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 to Increase Farm Productivity Open or Close

     

     

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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 (non-agricultural) and Farm Diversification Open or Close

    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
  • Support for Rural Tourism Open or Close

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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.

  • 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

    Jobs created - 2

  • 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.



State Aid

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). The LEADER team are happy to discuss this with you should you require.

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

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.