Small grant scheme to help rural businesses in NE Peak
This is an archived press release
Tuesday 17 January 2012Rural businesses between the Peak District, Sheffield and Barnsley can benefit from a small grant scheme to help them get off the ground.
Grants of up to £1,500 are being made available by the Villages and Communities Project to support new and emerging businesses that benefit the rural economy, the environment or local communities.
The three-month pilot-scheme is being funded by a grant from Sheffield’s Northern Community Assembly to its project partner, the Peak District National Park Authority.
Northern Community Assembly chair Cllr Trevor Bagshaw said: “We really want to help small rural businesses whose products or services help strengthen the economic and social vitality of the area and improve the environment.
“We’d also like to encourage collaborative projects between different enterprises, or ones that forge links between different types of service, such as a food business and a tourism operator. It all helps the rural economy to grow.”
Villages and Communities officer Sharon Batty said: “We’d like to hear from anyone who thinks they may qualify for the scheme from the rural areas around the edge of northern Sheffield, west Barnsley, Penistone and the nearby fringes of the Peak District National Park.
“We’ll talk it over to see if they meet the criteria, then help them complete the application form. Examples of what we might help with are start-up costs, patenting costs, feasibility studies, expert advice on marketing, book-keeping or tax, website design, training or small-scale machinery and equipment.
“This pilot round of the grant scheme will finish on March 31, with the projects needing to be complete by the end of May 2012, so there’s no time to lose.”
Contact Sharon Batty or Lucy Atkins at the Villages and Communities Project on 0114 284 7943 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Villages and Communities Project, visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/village-officer