The LEADER approach is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
LEADER FUNDING in Lincolnshire
Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 2
On 09 July 2019 a second round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) scheme was announced.
CPSG Round 2 will pick up where R1 left off, offering grants of up to £12,000 to support farmers in improving animal health and welfare, resource efficiency and nutrient management.
Grants are available for all farm types including livestock, horticulture and arable businesses, with a total pot of £15 million available for Round 2 to fund investments in new technology.
To apply, applications are made via an online portal that can be accessed through GOV.UK
The CP small grant scheme will be open to applications from 09 July 2019 to 03 September 2019 and full details will be published on gov.uk. The Countryside Productivity landing page will be updated to include links to the applicant handbook and online application portal.
Further rounds of the scheme may be announced in due course.
Some of the businesses who are already benefitting from LEADER funding speak about their experience on our case study videos. To view these please click here.
If you are unsure whether your proposal would be suitable and would like to have an informal discussion before applying please email your contact details to LincsLEADER@lincolnshire.gov.uk and a member of our team will get in touch.
If you are considering making an application you should note that Full Application stage will involve a rigorous assessment of your project and you will need to submit a comprehensive collection of supporting evidence including:
- Three like for like comparable quotes for every item of expenditure over £1500 (2 quotes for items under £1500). Each supplier's quote must be based on the same specification i.e using the same materials, the same measurements and for items that have the same power/capacity and the same level of functionality
- The last three years financial accounts for your business and any linked businesses OR for a new businesses, latest tax returns (where available) or an opening statement from a qualified accountant
- A quarterly cash flow forecast for the period of project delivery (while you are completing the works and incurring and expending the grant related costs) and a profit and loss forecast for 3 years following completion of the project works. A spreadsheet template will be provided for this.
- Evidence to show that match funding is in place eg a loan agreement, offer of funding or bank statements where "own funds" are to be used.
- Research to show there is real need and demand for what you want to do
Advice will be provided at applicant workshops to help you gather this information.
- Time and costs incurred in the completion of your application are at your own expense and risk.
- Grant payments are made in arrears and you will need to be able to bankroll your project and pay for the items in full before submitting a grant claim. You will be required to submit documentary evidence to verify this (eg bank statement, overdraft facility). Up to three separate grant claims can be made per project.
- We will look for projects that meet the national and local priorities for funding, and will decide which meet the criteria the best. This means grants are not awarded automatically to all applicants.
- Should your project be approved you will be required to trade for 5 years from the financial completion date, as stated in your contract, and create all outputs as detailed in your Full Application. Failure to comply with this could result in potential clawback of grant.