Grant funding for Rural Development in the Cotswolds
There is a variety of funding available to help rural development in the Cotwolds, below are some of the alternative funding options that may be open to businesses, public, private, voluntary sector, individuals, or community groups in your area:
For more information click on the links below:
- Cotswolds LEADER Programme >
- Other local LEADER Programmes >
- Countryside Productivity Scheme >
- Countryside Stewardship Scheme > (Infographic download also available)
- Oxfordshire European Funding Opportunities>
- To find out more about funding available through your Local Enterprise Partnership use the links below
- Agritech Innovation and Incubation
Farm 491, from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), is a space for innovators to grow their businesses by applying technology to agriculture. Farm491 is offering start up space both at the Royal Agricultural University’s main campus in Cirencester and at the farm-based Innovation Centre at Harnhill (about 4 miles away) : affordable and flexible co-working environments where budding agri-tech entrepreneurs can run and grow their businesses. More information can be found at farm491.com
Cotswolds AONB Sustainable Development Fund (upto £8,000)
The Cotswolds AONB Sustainable Development Fund is a regional grants scheme, available to individuals, groups or businesses that have ideas or projects that will improve the Cotswolds both now and in the future.
The Fund aims to encourage and support community-based projects that look to provide a clear benefit to the Cotswolds AONB, with particular focus on the environment, community and/or local economy. Public, private, voluntary sector, individuals, businesses or community groups can apply. Individuals or businesses can only be beneficiaries where the project shows a clear benefit to the wider communityApplicants are not required to be based in the AONB, however, all projects must be able to demonstrate the positive impacts on the Cotswolds.
Grants are usually awarded for 50% of project costs. However, this can be extended to 75% for projects led by non-profit making organisations. Grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £8,000 are available for the 2016/2017 round of funding.
Projects can include the use of volunteers as an ‘in-kind’ contribution towards the total project cost.
APPLICATIONS TO THE 2016/17 SDF IS NOW OPEN - DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is 3rd October 2016
To find out more about the Cotswolds AONB Sustainable Development Fund visit http://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/grants-and-projects/sdf/
Grant funding opportunities from Cotswold visitor giving scheme (upto £2,500)
The Cotswolds Conservation Board is offering grants for projects and activities that conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and improves the public’s understanding and enjoyment of what makes the area special.
Grants available from £500 up to a maximum £2,500.
Cotswolds Conservation Board along with the partners of the scheme is looking for projects that:
• Conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape
• Manage and restore habitats for wildlife
• Manage and improve footpaths and bridleways
• Look after the area’s distinctive historical heritage
• Provide countryside access information and/or improve the public’s understanding of the things that make the Cotswold’s special
To find out more about grant funding from Cotswold Visitor Giving Scheme visit http://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/grants-and-projects/visitor-giving/visitor-giving-grants/