Find­ing out about avail­able grants

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS NEWS -

BUCKS busi­nesses found out more about what grant op­tions are avail­able to them when the man­ager of pro­gramme for ru­ral com­pa­nies went along to an event.

Leader pro­gramme man­ager Mike Fur­ness re­cently at­tended The Buck­ing­hamshire Com­mu­nity Fund­ing Fair, which took place at The Gate­way Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Ayles­bury, in or­der to meet at­ten­dees and help them find out more about the grant op­tions avail­able to them through the Leader pro­grammes.

Or­gan­ised by Buck­ing­hamshire Fund­ing Group, the event was a great op­por­tu­nity for or­gan­i­sa­tions in the vol­un­tary, com­mu­nity and so­cial en­ter­prise sec­tor to speak to fun­ders and other vol­un­tary sec­tor sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions, to find out what sup­port is avail­able to them and net­work with other char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups from across the county.

Mr Fur­ness said: “It was great meet­ing busi­ness own­ers face-to-face and dis­cussing how we can help them to re­alise their projects. We will con­tinue to work with lo­cal busi­nesses to sup­port their growth so we want to en­cour­age or­gan­i­sa­tions to get in touch to find out more about our pro­gramme and how it can ben­e­fit them.”

The Leader pro­gramme is de­signed to pro­mote busi­ness growth, par­tic­u­larly the growth of mi­cro and small busi­nesses.

It is fo­cused on ru­ral ar­eas sup­port­ing; small ru­ral com­pa­nies, farm di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion projects, forestry projects, tourism projects, ru­ral ser­vices and cul­tural and her­itage projects.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Leader pro­grammes visit www.leader-pro­gramme. org.uk or call the team on 01494 568 969.

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