Creating a vibrant future for an attractive rural area

The Lindsey Action Zone (LAZ) funding programme closed in 2013 following the successful allocation of almost £2 million to businesses and community groups supporting rural development in the Lincolnshire Wolds and LAZ area.    LAZ was part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (defra) delivery of the socio-economic elements of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) using the LEADER approach.

LAZ is now in a "transition" year and is evaluating the lessons to be learned from the last programme before consulting with stakeholders in order to develop a revised strategy and an application for funds from the new European programme 2015-2020.  The eligible areas for funding in the boxes below may change as further guidance is issued by defra.  This website will be update if future LAZ funds become available.   If successful, funds will not be available before January 2015.

News relating to alternative funding opportunities for Lincolnshire based rural areas will be posted in the news section of this website.

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In 2008-2013, the following were eligible to apply:-

Farmers/Land Based Businesses
Funding supported farm diversification projects that kept vital services, skills, and money within the rural economy. 

Rural Micro-Business
Funding supported set up and growth.  A micro-business is an enterprise with less than 10 employees and less than two million Euros annual turnover.

Funding supported schemes to broaden community involvement within the natural and cultural heritage and tourism sectors,

The Lindsey Action Zone geographic area covered the Lincolnshire Wolds, the market towns of Louth, Caistor, Market Rasen, Horncastle, Spilsby as well as Woodhall Spa and Coningsby and Tattershall and their rural hinterlands during the last programme.

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