£1.55m for businesses in rural Oxfordshire

Are you a farmer, forester, small or micro rural business or community?

Do you have an idea that will create jobs and boost our local economy?

Does your project fit into one or more of our four themes?

  • reviving the waterways – specifically the River Thames and Oxford Canal
  • ‘get growing, get selling and get eating local’ – improving the processing and marketing of local food
  • unlocking the potential of woodland – actively managing woodland and developing local distribution network for woodfuel, timber and wood products
  • vibrant villages – creating more economic activity to stop villages becoming dormant with limited opportunities.

If so, we want to hear from you if your project will create jobs, increase productivity / efficiency or develop new markets. Or if your idea will increase visitor spend in the area or provide an essential rural service.

LEADER is a European Commission programme that supports community led local economic development in rural areas. LEADER has done this for several years by working with Local Action Groups to provide funds to rural businesses and community projects.

Organisations and individuals with ideas on how to boost our rural economy are again being encouraged to apply for grants from a new £1.55millon fund for Oxfordshire.

Applications need to be based within the Oxfordshire LEADER area – to check if you are in this area please see the LEADER map.

Grants are available between 2015 to 2020. Anyone with a viable idea to boost their local area should email Fran Walker or call her on 07717 271909.

Please visit the Oxfordshire LEADER website for more information.