A workshop in March will help ensure local businesses don't miss out on current EU funding opportunities.

On Tuesday 13th March a workshop will take place at Bourne Corn Exchange, 3 Abbey Road, Bourne PE10 9EF showcasing EU funding opportunities for micro, small and medium-sized rural enterprises in the Greater Lincolnshire area.

Among the funding programmes to be discussed is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, which is making £4.2 million available for projects focused on food processing, business development and tourism.

There will also be a chance to learn more about the LEADER programme, which provides grants to support projects that help to grow the rural economy.

​​So far the LEADER programme has granted £2,090,039.10 to 57 local businesses and organisations across the county, creating 128 direct jobs, and there is still £4,594,363 of funding available.  

Projects already supported include:

  • A packing and holding area for dispatching mail order plants and the purchase of an automated transplanting machine.
  • The installation of a mustard seed cleaning and drying plant
  • Conversion of an agricultural warehouse to create a venison and red meat processing factory and the purchase of a skin pac machine.
  • Conversion of a redundant farm building to a micro-brewery and the purchase of the brewing equipment
  • A flow wrapping machine for packing broccoli, red and white cabbage to supermarket requirements
  • A woodland forwarder for a sawmill
  • An indoor children's play barn at a farm attraction
  • Luxury wooden wigwams to expand existing and create new glamping sites
  • A new build multi-purpose village hall/community hub
  • Fitting out a new café/bar in a growing village

The event runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Places can be booked online at http://bit.ly/2nup1oI