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LEADER programme grants funds for job creation and rural growth

Rural businesses across Sussex get the chance to apply for their share of £3.2m in EU and Government funding this summer.

The LEADER programme, announced by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, will provide grants to small businesses, farmers, foresters and communities for projects that create jobs and grow the rural economy.

£1.7m funding has been allocated to the Central Sussex Local Action Group (LAG) covering rural areas of Horsham district, Mid Sussex district and Lewes district. The LAG is made up of local people and organisations with knowledge of rural issues and their communities.

The programme builds on the success of the last LEADER scheme, which supported 153 projects and created 141 new jobs between 2008 and 2013.

David Hurst, Chairman of Central Sussex LAG, said:

LEADER is local people making sure that the money from Brussels goes direct to the grassroots of our countryside. Our area stretches from Pulborough in the west to Horsted Keynes in Mid-Sussex and Firle in Lewes district. There are thousands of small businesses included there, and not just farmers and foresters.

For more information on leader funding, visit the West Sussex County Council website.

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