Organizations invited to submit ideas for rural development

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Businesses and community organizations in rural areas can submit their inspiring ideas for projects that could be funded by a £0.5m funding pot.

Cherwell District Council has received £526,000 as part of the Rural England Prosperity Fund.

The organisations’ proposals could be key to the success of an investment plan that Cherwell will submit to the government at the end of the month for approval.

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The Rural Fund can support projects supporting the rural economy or providing community infrastructure over the next two years.

Councilor Ian Corkin said: ‘The rural economy provides a livelihood for countless people in Cherwell District, and many of the local business owners and organizations I speak to have creative ideas for how they would like to diversify their businesses.

“The Rural Fund could support projects such as upgrading a kitchen in a catering business, diversifying a farm to include a glamping site or renovating a cricket pavilion to enable the organization of events and catering.”

Funding must be spent on durable assets such as buildings and equipment by March 2025.

By submitting their ideas, the organizations do not commit to moving forward with the projects they propose, and the board does not commit to funding the projects at this stage.

There will be a full application process for local projects once the council’s investment plan has been approved by the government.

Organizations are invited to find out more and submit their ideas by Monday, November 21, using this form on the council’s website.

This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook Community Reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on researching stories from various communities.

Contact him by email: [email protected]

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