We have a new applicant handbook
13 December 2017
Our applicant handbook has been updated. While we make all the changes to the website please take a look at this version
The Launch Event Newsletter
26 May 2016
We are looking for Appraisers
24 May 2016
We are looking to recruit more appraisers. Details can be found on the Get involved page.
Making it Local and REAL Devon Launch Event
15 March 2016
Places are limited, booking is essential, to book a place click here
We are open!
17 November 2015
£1.4 million for rural economy in parts of Mid and East Devon and Somerset
The rural economy in parts of Mid and East Devon, and Somerset, will be bolstered with £1.4 million of funding support, Devon County Council has announced.
The County Council is overseeing two EU funded LEADER grants programmes, which aims to create jobs and help to develop rural businesses.
The Council is working in close partnership with a number of organisations to deliver a successful funding programme. The AONB’s, Local Authorities and other delivery partners will be providing support to businesses and organisations who are looking to access the funding.
The Making it Local Action Group serves parts of Mid and East Devon and Somerset, covering parishes of the Blackdown Hills, East Devon AONB and surrounding gateway market towns. This will oversee the delivery of more than £1.4 million of funding over the next three years.
The Local Action Group will act as a panel, made up of private and community sector representatives, to award grants locally to farmers, growers, foresters, other local rural businesses and rural community organisations. It will support projects that create opportunities to improve the local economy in terms of jobs and growth, as well as improving the quality of life in the area.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet member for Economy and Growth, said: “Supporting the growth and development of a diverse rural economy is a key priority for the County Council, and LEADER funding will offer a genuine boost for local communities. Partnership working between local organisations is vital to this scheme to help secure this money for rural businesses and communities in Devon.”
Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council and Chair of the Making it Local Action Group, said: “We have supported the delivery of LEADER funding to the communities within the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB areas for a number of years already. This latest round of LEADER funding gives us the opportunity to really focus on the small businesses and diverse communities that contribute so much to our vibrant economy through the Making it Local area. Funding will support business growth and job creation as well as improvements to local services and facilities within our communities”.
The LEADER grants programme has six priorities, which are to:
• increase farm productivity;
• support micro and small businesses and farm diversification;
• boost rural tourism;
• provide rural services;
• provide cultural and heritage activities; and
• increase forestry productivity.
The scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) which is run by DEFRA and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
To find out more about the funding programme visit the Local Action Group website at www.makingitlocal.org
Making it Local now has a staff team in place
13 August 2015
Making it Local now has a staff team in place, jointly managing the REAL Devon LAG in addition to Making it Local. They are hosted by the Accountable Body for the programme, Devon County Council and will be based partly at County Hall and partly in Honiton.
Dominie Dunbrook, our Programme Manager brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from six years of managing the Somerset Levels and Moors LAG, in addition to previously managing and securing funding from a wide range of other national and EU grants programmes.
Linda Wilson our Programme Officer has a background in grants administration, finance and office project management, gained through her time at DCC and the Countryside Agency, amongst other roles.
We are both really looking forward to getting started and seeing all your exciting project ideas. We are here to help, so please contact us at:
Telephone: 01392 383000 and ask for Linda Wilson
You can also follow us on twitter @makingitlocal
Funding Event - Presentations
09 December 2014
See the presentations from the recent funding event:-
Local Development Strategy
28 October 2014
Are you interested in reading the full Local Development Strategy bid to Defra? Now available here