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Enabling local people to maximise economic growth opportunities

Welcome to the Fieldfare LEADER programme, which supports rural development and job creation.

Fieldfare is a method of developing & improving the rural economy, LEADER is a method of rural development through rural development grants. Here you will find useful information on everything from what the grant supports, how to apply for funding and ultimately how a grant award is decided

Who are we and what do we do?
Fieldfare is a not for profit group that brings together people from rural businesses, farming and rural communities with the aims of supporting economic growth and improving quality of life. The group was established in 2007 to deliver rural development and operates under the principles of the LEADER approach to enable local people to support local projects through local action

Who do we work with?
Fieldfare exists to support local economic growth and the creation of jobs in rural communities. We work in partnership with Local Authorities, Government agencies and local people to identify and secure funding and provide support for enterprises and community initatives

Projects we typically support
Fieldfare is here to support those from the rural community who are looking to create infrastructure or projects that can make a difference to the local economy. You are eligible to apply if you are: A micro or small business, farmer, grower, forester, private and public organisation a voluntary and constituted community group. In order to apply the proposed project/idea must meet one (or more) of the following categories:

Support for visitor economy

Support for forestry production

Farm diversification

Increase farm production within small family farms

Support for local food & drink producers

Support for rural communities to enhance services

Making it happen
Fieldfare has published a Local Development Strategy (2014-2020). The strategy reflects the needs and issues that local people identified and sets out the priorities for supporting the local area to improve economic growth and support the creation of new jobs

It is those local people that make the decisions on applications to award funding.

How to get involved
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in rural development, local economic growth and rural quality of life. Board members are appointed through a nominations process and elections are held for specific project delivery and working groups. Please contact our Programme Team on 01962 848 588 if you would like further information.

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