East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP)
Penistone Town Hall, Shrewsbury Road
Penistone, S36 6DY

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EPIP LEADER Programme 2015-2019

Priorities - LEADER Programme 2015-2020

The new EPIP LEADER programme 2015-2020 launched in April 2016.  Our project budget has been confirmed at £1.1m over 4 years.  The minimum grant available is £5,000 and the maximum is £40,000, at the rates shown below.

There is a strong emphasis on economic growth and job creation in this programme therefore all projects must directly support the rural economy or contribute significantly to improving the local rural economy and be based within the EPIP LEADER area.  

The online application process will be 2 stage for all projects. 

 

Support for micro and small business (non-agricultural) and farm diversification

  • To support emerging strengths in local food and drink 
  • To support emerging strengths in the creative sector 
  • To develop the range of businesses servicing outdoor leisure 
  • To address the continuing need to diversify in the traditional agricultural and land based sectors 
  • To address the need to support viable incomes for agricultural businesses 

MAXIMUM GRANT RATE FROM 40-100% OF TOTAL ELIGIBLE COSTS

 

Support for rural tourism

  • Strengthening the profile of the area as a visitor destination and a location for outdoor recreation 
  • Developing new products for visitors which will lengthen the duration of visits, increase visitor spend and increase the number of overnight stays      
  • Increasing participation in outdoor recreation by both visitors and residents 
  • Maximising the benefits of tourism to local food and drink producers/suppliers, artists and small retail businesses 
  • Addressing the need to improve the visitor experience

MAXIMUM GRANT RATE FROM 40-100% OF TOTAL ELIGIBLE COSTS

 

Support to increase farm productivity

  • To improve the performance and sustainability of agricultural businesses 

MAXIMUM GRANT RATE 40% OF TOTAL ELIGIBLE COSTS

 

Support for increasing forestry productivity

  • Addressing the need to increase the proportion of woodland which is in productive management

MAXIMUM GRANT RATE 40% OF TOTAL ELIGIBLE COSTS

 

Provision of rural services

  • Addressing the need to improve the resilience of key rural services provided by the vol/com sector including social enterprises
  • Ensuring the sustainability of key local services
  • Supporting the development of services which address barriers to employment  

MAXIMUM GRANT RATE UP TO 100% OF TOTAL COSTS

 

Support for cultural and heritage activity

  • Further development of ERIH route which promotes collaboration between industrial heritage sites 
  • Actions to support the sustainability of key festivals 

MAXIMUM GRANT RATE UP TO 100% OF TOTAL COSTS

 

All projects must also fit within our local priorities:

a) To support resilience in the farming, forestry and wider sectors of business and to support the business and voluntary and community sectors to retain and develop key rural services in the LEADER area.

b) To achieve sustainable economic growth in the LEADER area and to assist partners to deliver innovative project activity which will enable both businesses (particularly those whose activities reflect the landscape, environment, culture and heritage of the LEADER area and support the visitor economy) and communities to thrive.

c) To address the variations in economic performance in different parts of the LEADER area.

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