Leader Programme Open For Business

The North York Moors National Park has successfully secured £2.336 million of European funding to support businesses and projects in the area and is inviting local businesses, individuals, communities and organisations to apply for funding to help with projects that will make a positive and direct contribution to the local economy.

The funding is available through the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme, headed up by Amy Thomas, LEADER Programme Manager. Amy said: “It’s great that we have this funding available for different projects and I’m really looking forward to working on the programme. The only stipulations are that projects must be connected to either farming and forestry productivity, rural tourism or micro and small business development and the funding would need to be spent by September 2018.”

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme is a partnership of private, public and voluntary sector interests who are working to support the rural area, the local economy and to address locally identified needs with bespoke innovative solutions. The Programme is looking to make capital investments in activities, projects, enterprises and facilities which will deliver economic benefits to the area, in particular the creation of new employment opportunities.

Full details, eligibility criteria, guidance documents and the Outline Application Form can be found on the LEADER Programme website – www.moorscoastandhills.org.uk but if anyone would like to discuss their proposed project in advance of making an application they can contact Amy at a.thomas@northyorkmoors.org.uk or telephone 01439 772700 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

For more information visit www.moorscoastandhills.org.uk

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area covers the North York Moors National Park, the Howardian Hills AONB, the Vale of Pickering, the Hambleton Hills, East Cleveland and the Heritage Coast from Saltburn in the north to Filey in the south.