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A Community Led Approach to Sustainable Rural Development

 

Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme has been set up to build a sustainable community and economy that capitalises on the area’s environment, landscape, culture and heritage.

Projects we Have Funded

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This page features our most recently funded LEADER projects.

 

If you would like to know more about a project, please contact the Dales LEADER Co-ordinator.

09/10/17

Artisan Cheese Production in Upper Nidderdale

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project will increase farm financial viability, sustainability and resilience through farm diversification into production of raw milk cheese from traditional upland cattle.


09/10/17

Forcett Quarry Biomass Processing

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

Shire Country Services has been processing logs for the biomass sector for many years. They source timber from both local forests and other local forestry contractors. Timber is brought to the site in the round then converted to logs.


09/10/17

Heritage Timber Construction Training Centre

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project seeks to address a local, and indeed national, requirement for a training centre in heritage timber construction in order to maintain a number of key traditional skillsets.


27/02/17

Crimple Head Farm

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project aims to improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of the farm business.


27/02/17

High Moor Farm

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

This project aims to improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of this farm business.


Top Ten Tips for Applicants

 

 

 1.        Start planning early

If your project is successful you will need to be very organised in order to be able to claim the money.  It is much easier if you understand from the start what you will need to do later.  You can then budget in the costs to your project.  Don’t try to change your project in order to match the funding stream – there will be more appropriate sources of funding out there.

2.        Talk to other similar projects in your area

You may get some good ideas from other projects, and your project is likely to be stronger if you can collaborate with others.

 

3.        Check the website and guidance notes when completing your form

There is lots of help and information available for you to save you time and make your life easier.  The guidance notes explain a lot about what we are looking for in your application and even give some examples of how to fill in the form. Take time to read them several times to avoid simple mistakes being made.

4.        When writing your application, assume that the reader knows nothing about your organisation or your project

Explain clearly who you are and what you intend to do.  It is fine to use acronyms if you explain them the first time you use them.  Try to see your project from the LEADER panel’s point of view.  What will make them want to fund it? The funding is discretionary, so make full use of the application form.

 

5.        Make sure you explain exactly what you want the money for

Explain very clearly what you want the money for and how you have arrived at these costs to make sure the decision makers understand your project properly

 

6.        Include the right skills and expertise in your project team

It won’t help if you try to “make do” – you need to ensure that you have the right skills to carry out your project effectively.  That gives your project the best chance of success, and any professional skills you reasonably need to buy in can also be added to the project costs.

7.        Every section of the application form will be considered when making the final decision

For example, evidence of need helps to show why you need to carry out the project at all. The options appraisal helps show how you came to the conclusion that the project proposal is the best way to meet these needs.  The risk assessment demonstrates that you have really thought the project through and are realistic about what could go wrong and how you would deal with it.

8.        It will help to provide additional information with your form

If you have them, your environmental and equal opportunities policies will help show that you take our cross cutting themes seriously.  You may want to include letters of support if approporiate.  All Capital projects will be expected to provide architect’s plans. 

 

9.        Grants are paid in arrears, so make sure you can cover cashflow

You will have to pay the invoices in relation to your project before you can claim the money back from us, so make sure you have a way of paying them in the first place.

10.    Your project sponsor is there to help you –

Rima.berry@ydmt.org or 015242 51002