New funding has been earmarked to offer a helping hand to small rural businesses across Greater Lincolnshire.
Five local area groups (LAGs) have received an indicative allocation of around £8m from the LEADER programme, which delivers rural development funding from the EU and Defra
LEADER is still working towards a final agreement with the European Commission, but it is hoped contracts will be signed next spring, after which the programmes can be launched.
The funding will be used for projects that support:
- micro and small businesses
- increasing farm productivity
- farm diversification
- cultural and heritage activity
- provision of rural services
- forestry productivity