The LEADER funding programme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England. The Local Action Group (LAG) is a partnership that was formed to deliver the LEADER programme and is responsible for managing the £1.53m awarded for a number of rural projects in the region.
LAG will be focusing on providing support for a number of main areas including increasing farm productivity, support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification, support for rural tourism, provision of rural services, support for cultural and heritage and increasing forestry in the area.
The new round of funding will run from summer 2015 until the end of March 2020.
Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Coun Liz Redfern, said: “I am delighted that the LEADER programme has been awarded further funding to provide a new programme across Northern Lincolnshire. It is important that our rural areas aren’t forgotten about as they are a vital part of our economy and communities.
“The last round of LEADER funding from 2008 to 2013 made a huge difference to our rural communities through helping deliver 88 projects and creating five new jobs. It was awarded £2.5m, which was match-funded to create over £4.2m in funding. I am positive this new round of funding will be just as successful at helping rural communities.”
The 2008 to 2013 LEADER funding programme was delivered following three main priorities, which were aimed at basic services for the economy and rural population, village renewal and development and conservation and upgrading of the region’s rural heritage.