Having lived in the Vale Action area for many years it is a great pleasure to become the first Chairman of a Local Action Group covering the north west area of Wiltshire. Businesses and organisations in the area can now access this European funding which, during the next six years, is targeted at increasing the number of jobs and economy in rural areas. To reduce costs and to ensure that the maximum funding can be put towards grants Vale Action and Plain Action Local Action Groups are sharing staff. So although we are a new Local Action Group we have the expertise of staff with experience from the previous programme to help us get up and started.
Within this website you will find details of the funding available and how to apply for it. However, please remember that this is a Rural Development Programme and that applications from the towns of Trowbridge, Chippenham and Corsham will not be accepted. Also the application process will be a competitive one so do speak to the programme staff first before putting in an Outline Application to ensure that your project is eligible for funding.
Geraldine McKibbin - Chairman Vale Action LAG
This programme of funding 2015 to 2021 is all about increasing jobs and the local economy in rural areas. Applications for funding must show that they either directly or indirectly do this. For example, you may want to increase production in your business and employ more staff, or you may be a tourist attraction needing help with your marketing to bring in more visitors and thus increase the local economy. To see the priorities that can be funded please go to the “2015 to 2021” section.
We recognise that with European Funding the form filling can be quite daunting. We are here to help and will spend time with you to complete the forms. From our experience of the last programme we have compiled a series of helpful guides to take you through the processes of applying and claiming for your grant. Do not be put off by the form filling and the terminology used - we will help you with it.
Finally, if you think you may have a project that could benefit from funding, we would like to hear from you.
Alan Truscott – Vale Action Programme Manager.