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Final call for rural business grant scheme

Rural businesses that are looking to expand or diversify in 2019, or individuals looking to launch a new start-up, have only until February to apply for funding which could cover up to 40% of the cost of their projects.

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER programme still has European funding available to help support businesses, individuals and communities deliver projects which will have a direct, positive impact on the local economy. Over £1.3 million has already been awarded to new and existing enterprises, including a whisky distillery, a youth hostel, an equestrian business and an ice-cream parlour.

What’s more, the North York Moors National Park Authority, which is the Lead Partner for the programme, is keen to communicate that free help and support is available to assist people making applications.

Malcolm Bowes, Chair of the LEADER Executive Group says: “We’re eager to hear from farm businesses, start-up companies and other rural enterprises that are looking to make capital investments in 2019. This could include the purchase of new buildings, land, machinery, vehicles and tools.”

“In particular, it would be great to hear from businesses that want to create new employment opportunities, be more innovative in their use of technology, or that are looking to extend their trading season, thereby increasing visitor spending in the area.”

Interested parties are advised to submit an Expression of Interest Form, available at Eligible applicants will then be invited to make a full application by 15 February 2019. Grants start at £5,000, and the projects must be completed by December 2020.  

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area covers the North York Moors National Park, the Howardian Hills AONB, the Vale of Pickering, the Hambleton Hills, East Cleveland and the Heritage Coast from Saltburn in the north to Filey in the south.

Full details, eligibility criteria and guidance documents can be found on the LEADER Programme website – If anyone would like to discuss their proposed project in advance of making an application, they can contact Amy at or telephone 01439 772700 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.


Media contact
Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority 772700

About the LEADER Programme
Funding for the LEADER Programme is being made available through the Rural Development Programme for England 2014-2020, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme is delivered by the North York Moors National Park Authority in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council as financial managing authority for the Programme.

LEADER stands for "Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l'Économie Rurale" which translates as "Links between the rural economy and development actions".

About the North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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