Businesses based in villages not only create jobs but also bring the village to life during the working day. We want to enable rural community services and facilities to run as successful sustainable businesses. This could include collaborative projects across villages. Supported projects must demonstrate an alignment with neighbourhood and parish plans where they exist or are under development.

We are interested in:

  • Community enterprises such as village halls, churches and community hubs that generate income to not only cover costs but develop further services such as community shops, village maintenance services or tourism
  • Local business hubs that bring together entrepreneurs, the self-employed and micro businesses to access facilities, business support and mutual trading opportunities
  • Support to families and the elderly according to local needs. This could include care facilities, parent and toddler groups, play groups or out of school facilities for children and young people.

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.

Homeworkers' HubCreation of a dedicated business space to act as a local homeworker’s hub in response to local demand. The business hub is integrated with a new café facility, allowing a local business to expand and to provide a complementary service for users of the space.

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.

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