Rural funding windfall for Winchester and East Hampshire

The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has awarded an additional £150,000 to the Fieldfare Local Action Group (LAG) in order to help rural businesses and communities during 2010/11.

The funding comes after the group was highly praised by the agency for its positive, creative, and customer focused approach in allocating over £668,000 of LEADER funding to over 70 new rural projects since April 2009.

Back in 2008, the group was awarded £2.25million of LEADER funding to allocate to projects in rural areas of East Hampshire and Winchester. The programme is funded until 2013 and the latest addition of £150,000 will help to ensure that more projects can benefit from help.

The Fieldfare LAG is the only group in Hampshire to have received additional funds and to be working with other international LEADER projects to promote tourism, farm diversification, and rural business development.

Ken Brown, Fieldfare LEADER Programme Manager at Winchester City Council, said: "This is a very proud moment for us as we can now fund even more rural projects across Winchester and East Hampshire. This award, along with international interest in how we operate our local scheme and the number of projects which have benefited, demonstrates the positive and personal approach we have undertaken in helping to support our rural economy.

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