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ELDC's Rural Development Grant Fund launches

The Rural Development Grant is now open for applications.

The fund is designed to support the rural areas of East Lindsey and provide new opportunities in the more sparsely populated areas, where economic activity is low. Local communities and organisations can bid into the scheme to deliver projects that will improve the area’s economy. 

Projects that stand a strong chance of being supported are those that increase investment, improve digital technology, support the creation of new businesses including development of social enterprises and other business support that will create local employment in the form of apprenticeships. 

Grants of up to £50,000 are available and the money will be targeted towards new projects or projects which increase or expand existing activities. 

 Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Councillor Craig Leyland, said:

 “The District Council has a clear commitment to supporting and developing the local economy and this is another important project that will provide a real boost to our communities.” 

 The programme of investment hopes to benefit communities across East Lindsey by bringing in more businesses, creating more jobs, and providing more volunteering opportunities. 

 For more information on the Rural Development Grant, including application form, please visit




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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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