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Leader Programme

Rural communities set to benefit from funding boost

Worcestershire County Council is inviting people to apply for a slice of a newly boosted cash fund designed to support rural areas.

Community groups, Parish Councils and businesses with a community interest are being offered the opportunity to apply for up to £25,000 funding from the Leader Programme, a European initiative delivered locally by the county council in conjunction with the Worcestershire Local Action Group.

The programme has already delivered significant success throughout Worcestershire with a variety of projects, including those that support communities, young people rural heritage and training. Thanks to strong performance, to date the programme has received additional funding totalling £108,000 and there is now a total of £152,400 to allocate.  The Programme has also been extended and projects can run up until September 2013.

Groups have until Friday, April 27, to submit Expressions of Interest for funding for projects with a strong community focus.

Steve Brain, Fundings & Programmes Manager for Worcestershire County Council said: "The Leader Programme has already delivered real benefits to those who live in Worcestershire's rural communities and this is evidenced by the fact funding has been increased. We really hope people will take advantage of this latest opportunity, which will improve access to services for those living in the rural areas."

Leader funding is open to rural communities in Wychavon, Wyre Forest and Malvern Hills districts. 

Full details of the scheme and application instructions are available at, or interested parties can contact Elspeth Fry on 01905 822013 or at


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