Rural business gets opportunity to find out about funding.

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Rural businesses are being encouraged to come and find out about funding.

Small rural businesses and farms in South Oxfordshire are being invited to come and find out about support available to help them grow and support their local economy.

The event is being held on Thursday 20 October between 4.15pm and 6.30pm at Denman College, Marcham.

The Local Action Network Event will bring together rural businesses looking to develop projects which would provide a boost to the local area.

The event will give them an opportunity to find out about the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER Programme and the funding which is available, as well as hear about how the LEADER Programme has helped projects throughout the area.

The evening will provide details of how the scheme has already helped businesses in the area and guest speakers will be on hand to talk about how the funding has specifically helped their projects. Discussions will reflect on the programme’s activities since its launch in 2009, and the priorities for the funding that is still to be committed.

In 2009 the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER programme, a joint initiative involving South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, was awarded £1.89 million of European funding to support rural projects, including farms, tourism businesses and community projects, up to 2013. There is £500,000 of this funding still available and rural businesses are being encouraged to come forward with ideas which could help benefit their communities.

Cllr Judith Nimmo-Smith, cabinet member for economic development at South Oxfordshire said: “We hope that as many rural businesses as possible take this opportunity to come and find out about the support and funding which is on offer to help them develop and support the local economy.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for economic development at the Vale, said: “The LEADER Programme has already helped to support a number of exciting projects throughout Southern Oxfordshire. There is still a lot of funding available so we urge businesses to come to the event and find out if it is suitable for any project they are looking to get off the ground.”

Rural community groups are also able to attend the event and apply for funding.

Businesses or groups wishing to attend should email by October 15.

Please note, this scheme is only available for businesses or groups within the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER area, a map of the programme’s boundaries is available at their website