Rural businesses in Cheshire East are being encouraged to apply for a share of a £5.4m injection via three significant funding streams in 2018.
The funding boost – across Cheshire and Warrington – was announced at a rural business forum held on Wednesday 20 December at Reaseheath College, Nantwich.
Businesses including farmers, foresters, rural enterprise communities and land managers can apply for business growth and development grants from a £2.4m pot of money allocated to the 'Leader' programme, the Cheshire-wide scheme which distributes European funding in rural communities.
A further £2.4m is available for business development, food processing and rural tourism through the Growth Programme which is administered by the Rural Payments Agency on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This grant scheme is more generous and covers up to 40 per cent of the overall project costs for an eligible application.
Rural businesses can also source faster broadband connectivity through a £600,000 voucher scheme worth up to £4,000 per company, as part of the Connecting Cheshire Digital Plus Programme.
The rural business support service delivered by the council's Skills and Growth Company can assist with advice and guidance on funding opportunities, practical support with submitting applications, recruitment and skills and development.
The company can also assist with sourcing property in rural areas or advise on planning and regulatory services. Contact the service via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0300 123 5001.
More information is available at www.skillsandgrowthportal.co.uk
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