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Just 1 year remaining!

Just one year remains to award around £800,000 of grant funding to rural businesses, communities, farmers and foresters in Rural Surrey. We are calling all interested parties to contact us and find out if they are eligible for funding.  The applications need to be complete by the end of 2018.

Cathy Miles, of the Rural Surrey LEADER grant funding programme, is seeking applications towards capital costs for new or expanding rural businesses and for rural communities in order to allocate these remaining funds. The programme has already awarded over £400,000 of grants so far and hopes to find some more deserving businesses in rural Surrey to apply.

Cathy says “There have been some really interesting grant applications this year and we have enjoyed working with applicants. The process can be very challenging but we are there to support applicants every step of the way.  If you have a great idea for a business or project in the rural area we would love to hear from you”

Among the successful applicants to date are;

Award winning Silent Pool Distillers (Spiritmen Ltd) have been funded to increase their production of gin. This is a very exciting project and will take their production of gin from 1500 bottles a day to 1500 bottles an hour!

Gray’s Dairy, a dairy farm, has expanded into producing Italian style gelato using the farm’s milk, a very tasty product which is now being sold successfully across rural Surrey including at Polesden Lacey.

Also recently funded is Wintersell Farm, a dairy farm which has purchased equipment to enlarge its herd from 350 to 500 cows and make the farm far more efficient.

Laurence Crow Ltd and LJN Tree Services Ltd have each been awarded funding to undertake projects which will see increased production of locally sourced woodfuel and will see neglected woodland in rural Surrey better managed.

Albury Vineyard is using the funding to create a self-guided tour of the vineyard and a much improved website which will provide the day visitors with a more educational visit.

The Rural Surrey LEADER funding offers 40% of the total project costs and successful projects will create new jobs and economic growth in Surrey. We are looking for farmers, foresters, rural businesses, communities and not-for-profit groups to contact us to see if their project may be eligible. For more information please visit our website

www.ruralsurreyleader.org.uk or contact us by email; ruralsurreyleader@surreycc.gov.uk