Business leaders are being encouraged to find out more about a project which could bring more European money to West Norfolk at a workshop in Downham next week.
Organisers hope the session at the town hall, which is being held on Monday between 10.30am and 1pm, will boost the area’s chances of securing funding.
The event is part of the Leader programme, which is funded by Defra and the European Union, through the Rural Development Programme for England.
It is designed to get funding for local areas, business sectors and communities to sustain the rural economy.
It is hoped that the workshops will be well-supported in order to build up a strong strategy for the Local Action Group areas and therefore have the best chance of obtaining funding in the next round of the RDP programme which runs from 2014 to 2020.
Theworkshops will start the work to produce Local Development Strategies, which will enable groups to target specific development actions. That will allow Local Action Groups to target specific actions and funding streams.
In the last programme from 2007 to 2013, funding was made available for agribusiness development and diversification, water distribution and usage, sustainable rural tourism, sustainable local food and rural businesses development.
One of the successful applicants was the North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall, which gained more than £50,000 worth of support over a four-year period.
And Oxborough Fishing Lakes obtained £47,800 through the Brecks Local Action Group for building and landscaping for two fishing lakes. .
To book a place at the meetings, email email@example.com .uk. More details about the programme can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/Business/European_funding.