There is a new allocation of EU funding to help support the development of the rural economy and create new jobs. The funding could come through the EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) or the South Nottinghamshire LEADER Programme – as part of Rushcliffe borough, Ruddington could be eligible to receive some of the £1.3m pot that’s available over the next five years.
However, if we want to see a slice of the funding pie, local businesses and organisations will need to pull together to make it happen! Initial discussions have already taken place, with a focus on applying for EAFRD or LEADER funding to strengthen Ruddington’s tourist offering, which is one of the South Nottinghamshire Local Development Strategy’s key priorities.
Faye Stenson, one of the Trustees at the Framework Knitters Museum, explains: ‘A LEADER grant could really help us put Ruddington on the map as part of the local tourist trail. For example, we could create a village guide – printed and online – explaining what we have to offer, with different sections or “routes” around the village to reflect various interests such as The Museum Route, The History Walk or The Real Ale Trail.’
‘Joint tickets could be introduced across our three museums, or even a Totally Locally-style card offering discounts at our shops, food outlets and attractions.
By working together, we could make Ruddington a great day out for all the family – increasing visitor numbers, giving local businesses a boost, and gaining a new reputation as a quality tourist destination.’
To enable us to apply for and (if successful) implement grant funding, we need to recruit a committee of representatives from local companies, organisations such as the museums, and of course, residents.
Is this something you could help us with? It’s set to be a very exciting project to get involved in, as there could be lots of benefits for the village in the future if our plans come to fruition!
If you’d like to get involved in our bid for the funding, please contact the Parish Council in the first instance.
Or, for more information on the LEADER funding, please visit www.notttinghamshire.gov.uk/leadersouth. The grant applications window opens this month (January) so the sooner we can get together and get planning, the better!