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As you may be aware, £750,000 of European funding (EAFRD) is being made available to small, growing rural businesses across Northamptonshire as part of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership’s (NEP) commitment to boosting economic growth and prosperity in the rural sector.companies individual needs at no extra cost.

NEP, in partnership with business, local authorities, skills and VCS organisations, will make the £750,000 available to help micro and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) – new or established – operating out of Northamptonshire’s rural areas, expand and create new jobs.
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We’d like as many Wellingborough-based businesses as possible to benefit from this support, so please read on to find out more. We’d like as many Wellingborough-based businesses as possible to benefit from this support, so please read on to find out more.

Who is eligible?

The EAFRD funding will deliver individual grants to:

  • Micro & small businesses based in rural locations including social enterprises
  • People who want to start a business in a rural area
  • Farmers or members of the farm household diversifying into non-agricultural activities

Projects associated with rural tourism and the food and drink processing sectors will be prioritised.

Grants of up to around £140,000

Up to 18 projects will be funded in the NEP geography. Grants available will range from £35,000 to a maximum of approximately £140,000 (200,000 Euros) and can cover up to 40 per cent of a project’s total costs. Projects must have a total value of at least £87,500 to be eligible for funding.

The EAFRD funding will aim to create at least 63 new jobs in the area, boost tourism and visitor numbers, increase the turnover of businesses and increase productivity in the rural economy.

A drop-in information session will take place on 13th October between 10am and 1pm at East Northamptonshire Council’s offices. The session will be hosted by dedicated rural and business advisers, for would-be applicants across Northamptonshire in September and October to give help and guidance on the new EAFRD funding.

For further details and to confirm attendance, email Emma Powlett Click Here
For further information and links to guidance on eligibility, Click Here

Please note that you can also use Magic, Defra’s interactive mapping application, to check eligibility for a specific postcode or location. In order to do this, start the application, tick the ‘Rural areas within Local Enterprise Partnerships (England)’ box (under ‘Administrative Geographies’ > ‘Other Administrative Boundaries’). You will see that there is an area in the centre of the Borough (the wards  within Wellingborough Town), which is ineligible, but the other surrounding wards are classed as rural areas. You can use the ‘i‘ feature tool at the top of the webpage to pinpoint an exact location.

Please note that all applications for funding must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 27 November 2015.

If you have any queries on this, please don’t hesitate to contact Nicola Mackenzie, Funding & Regeneration Officer at Borough Council of Wellingborough

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