Rural community organization offers opportunities
Have you got lots of great ideas for projects in your community that have been put on the back burner because of lack of funds? The media suggests that money has dried up due to spending cuts but there are still funds out there for good, well-planned projects. Writes Hidden Britain
We thought you might find it useful to hear about a few current funding opportunities that could fit well with rural community tourism activities:
Village SOS - looking to award grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for truly inspirational and original community enterprises. So if you live in a rural village or small rural town with a population of no more than 3000, take a look at HERE . The deadline for applications is 12th September, so you'll need to get your skates on!
The Prince's Countryside Fund - opens from Monday 24th September to 17.00 on Friday 19th October. If you have a project idea that could address the decline of a rural community and encourage people to re-connect with the countryside (common themes in the many of the projects Hidden Britain works with), you could be eligible for funding of up to £50,000. Find out more HERE
The LEADER programme - funds available for rural businesses and communities. The funds are managed locally by a 'Local Action group' (LAG). Find your local group and check if you are based within an area eligible for funding.
Hidden Britain says they can also help plan local tourism projects so that they have the best chance of being successful if you decide to apply for funds. There is free advice available on getting your ideas into shape and point you in the direction of potential funders.
Hidden Britain is a charity dedicated to uncovering the fascinating wealth of landscapes, history and culture within Britain's countryside for everyone to enjoy. They do this by bringing together businesses, residents, community groups and local authorities who want to establish themselves as great visitor destinations and enjoy the social and economic rewards that rural tourism can create.
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