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FUNDING APPROVED FOR RURAL DISTRICT BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES

FUNDING APPROVED FOR RURAL DISTRICT BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES  Folkestone & Hythe District Council has been awarded more than half a million pound over a two-year period from central government’s Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Published: October 18, 2023

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FUNDING APPROVED FOR RURAL DISTRICT BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES

 

Folkestone & Hythe District Council has been awarded more than half a million pound over a two-year period from central government’s Rural England Prosperity Fund.

A series of projects are being developed including a rural grant scheme that is open to both businesses and communities located in eligible rural areas in the district to help improve productivity, connectivity and boost prosperity.

The grant will be used to support activities that specifically address challenges these areas face and can include:

Grants for businesses to fund projects in rural areas that will support jobs, business growth and resilience. This can include net zero infrastructure, diversification needs and start-up and expansion opportunities.
Grant for communities to fund projects in rural areas that will improve local facilities and amenities specifically aimed at enhancing physical, cultural and social ties. This can include net zero infrastructure and improvements to facilities and amenities.
Cllr Rich Holgate – Cabinet Member for Place Plan, Heritage, Tourism and the District Economy – said: “We are determined to put this funding to good use for the benefit of our rural areas.

“There are several ideas we’re looking into to support our most vulnerable residents – including the creation and expansion of community kitchens, educational spaces and sporting provisions.”

Visit here for full details on the funding and to check eligibility.

More information about the Rural England Prosperity Fund can be found on gov.uk.

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