LEADER Funding now available across rural Sussex

The latest LEADER Programme is now coming on stream and will provide rural businesses across Sussex with the opportunity to bid for a share of the £4.5 million funding available over its lifespan. The scheme will operate between 2015-2020.

The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) which is managed by the Rural Payments Agency and funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Across East and West Sussex there are 3 Local Action Groups (LAGs), each of which is made up of local public, private and community representatives. Their task is to identify the priorities of their area and award grant funding in response to project bids from local businesses and organisations in order to help them carry out projects which create jobs and benefit the rural economy.

West Sussex

Two Local Action Groups exist in West Sussex, these are:

  • Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain LAG covering rural areas of Chichester District, Arun District and Hayling Island (£1.5 million funding).
  • Central Sussex LAG covering rural areas of Horsham District, Mid Sussex District and Lewes District (£1.7 million funding).

West Sussex County Council is the accountable body for the 2 LEADER LAGs in West Sussex.

Who to contact

For more information on either of the Local Action Groups in West Sussex, including: the areas eligible for applications, the priorities identified for each area, the application process and other background details please go to www.businesswestsussex.co.uk/leadergrants

Alternatively you can e-mail: rdpeleader@westsussex.gov.uk or telephone (03302) 228001.

East Sussex

In East Sussex, there is one Local Action Group:

Plumpton College is the accountable body for the WARR LEADER LAG in East Sussex.

Who to contact

For more information on the Local Action Group in East Sussex, including: the areas eligible for applications, the priorities identified for each area, the application process and other background details please go to http://www.warrpartnership.org.uk/index.htm

For further information or an informal discussion please contact:

Don Cranfield
LEADER Programme Manager
E-mail don.cranfield@plumpton.ac.uk  or Telephone (01273) 892031

LEADER Delivery Team
Plumpton College
Ditchling Road
Plumpton
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 3AE

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