Now that both the EU rural development fund LEADER and RDPE Growth Programmes are offering rural business grants in Swindon and Wiltshire, this short guide helps potential applicants to understand how the programmes compare. In most the simple terms, LEADER is an established community-level decision-making partnership, supporting local economic development in rural areas. There are six LEADER programmes operating in Wiltshire and Swindon, covering nearly all rural locations, with a total of over £6m of grants available - £5,000 up to £100,000.
Strategic planning is an important process that all organisations should undertake. It is essential for clarifying what you want to achieve, for maintaining high quality services for beneficiaries and for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the organisation.
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