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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.

08/11/17

Peaks and Pods - Farm Diversification in rural areas

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

Peaks and Pods, at Boustagill Farm, near Rathmell near Settle, a farm diversification into luxury glamping for the discerning camper.

 

The grant from LEADER assisted the purchase and installation of  5 camping pods, showers and toilets, on land at the farm to provide environmentally sustainable accommodation for visitors to the area.  Peaks and Pods opened in August 2017 and demand has been high for the family and luxury pods. It even caters for small groups, with an outside covered seating area, pizza oven and home cooked take-away meals from the farmhouse.

The LEADER grant has helped diversify the income stream at Boustagill Farm, Rathmell through the creation of a new, stand-alone business which is generating  a new revenue stream, new jobs for local people and ensuring the farm holding remains viable for future generations of the family.

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