This priority aims to alleviate some of the difficulties faced by rural communities, particularly lack of access to services and the provision of infrastructure. Projects should contribute to growing the local economy.

Who: start-up and existing micro and small businesses / community organisations / charities / partnership working / local authorities (in exceptional circumstances where it is in addition to statutory requirements)

Grant limits: £5,000 – £100,000 although a higher grant may be awarded for projects that show exceptional value for money.  An exceptional project must show high direct economic outputs or have a strong fit with Oxfordshire LEADER local priorities.

The maximum grant will depend on whether or not the project is commercial and aims to generate a surplus, regardless of the type of organisation. It can range from 40% up to 100%. To find out more read the applicant handbook.

Oxfordshire Local Action Group will be particularly interested in projects that:

  • encourage facilities that serve businesses as well as residents
  • encourage projects that help residents with family commitments to take up employment

Some of the projects we funded last time:

Brightwell cum Sotwell Community Village StoresA community-led project to build, fit out, stock and run a community village store. It was a long-held ambition for the village and replaced a shop that closed several years before. Find out more.

An existing open-air pool was covered with a ‘telescopic’ roof, to extend the swimming season and allow it to be accessible to all young children in the community who wish to use it, with a choice of times throughout the year.

Uffington Village HallThe village hall used funding to update and extend the existing building, making the kitchen bigger with new facilities and creating more storage space for local clubs. The hall is now able to accommodate and cater for more events for the village and surrounding community.
Uffington Village Hall

The Seven Stars PubWhen the Seven Stars pub closed leaving nowhere for the local community to meet, they decided to form a community group to raise funds and reopen. LEADER funding was used to support refurbishment and create the warm and vibrant hub that it is today.
The Seven Stars Pub

A Church hall that was used just for worshiping has now been opened up to other organisations. The hall was extended to add toilet facilities and internally modified to improve kitchen, heating, lighting and storage facilities. Access to the hall was made safer by lightening, levelling and widening the driveway.

Useful links

 

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