Grants for rural projects

Press Release: 04/03/2016

Fieldfare Local Action Group

Do you have a project idea that will create jobs and boost the local economy?

Farmers, foresters, growers, small businesses and rural communities can now bid for a share of a £1.6million fund across the Winchester, Eastleigh, East Hampshire and Havant rural areas.

Fieldfare LEADER wants to hear from you if your project will:

  • Create jobs
  • Increase farm or forestry productivity/efficiency
  • Develop new markets for local food and drink
  • Increase visitor spend in the area or
  • Provide an essential rural service.

Fieldfare will be announcing when funding is available for different projects over the next five years. The next call for projects will be in late March 2016.

An information event is being held on 14 March and bookings can be made via

The grants are available as part of Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England and LEADER is the method of delivering funding to projects through Local Action Groups, ensuring that individuals with local knowledge are involved in key decisions about how funds are spent.

Further details about Fieldfare LEADER can be found at
For more information please contact Ken Brown on 01962 848 588