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Survey to Help Us Attract More EU Funding

A survey specifically aimed at organisations in East Devon and the Blackdown Hills is being carried out on behalf of Making It Local which successfully obtained and distributed over £1.7 million of funding to business and community projects in the area. 

For those of you that have benefitted from some of this funding previously, we are keen to find out what went well and where improvements can be made.  For those of you who did not benefit from Making It Local funding, we would like to find out what we can do for you in future.

We are also keen to hear the views of stakeholders in the programme whether you are involved in Making It Local itself, or just interested in what is being achieved by this local group.

 To complete the survey, please click on this link:


Great News!

We are delighted to announce that Making it Local will continue into 2014! 

The Making it Local programme was due to end in December 2013 but we now have the opportunity to prepare and submit bids for another tranche of European funding for 2015-2020.

You can help influence the programme by joining us at our celebratory forum and funding fair on Tuesday 22 October at the Deer Park Country House Hotel, 6pm-9pm.  

Booking is essential, please e-mail or tel. 01823 680626


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Business Training and Support from Business Information Point

Making it Local has part funded a project to help support businesses in the area.  Training and support is offered by Business Information Point. 

To find out how your business can benefit, read more 


Rural Growth Grants

Micro-businesses in rural Devon and Somerset can now apply for capital grants over £10,000 through the £1m Defra/RDPE Rural Enterprise Grant Programme.

The main aim of the programme is to increase employment opportunities and growth.

If you are interested in a grant for a specific project, please see the link:-


Final Chance to Apply for Funding

This is the last opportunity to apply for a small grant of up to £10,000.  The funding programme comes to an end next year so apply now before it's too late!

Send in an 'Initial Project Outline' as soon as possible to assess if your project is eligible.  This is the first part of a two-stage application process.  The final deadline for full applications is 28 January 2013 and projects should plan to take place between March and July 2013.

Funding is available for business start ups, social enterprises, parish and town councils, voluntary and community groups and charities.  A free workshop is being offered for people who would like to apply.  Book your place by e-mailing the Making it Local team or tel. 01823 680626

Date:    Tuesday 8 January 2012
Time:    2pm - 4pm
Venue: East DevonBusiness Centre, Heathpark Way, Honiton, EX14 1SF


Funding programme re-opens for small grants!

Funding programme re-opens for small grants!

Making it Local is offering new and existing businesses, charities, voluntary and community groups the chance to apply for a small pot of grant funding.  Expressions of interest are invited from applicants in preparation for the 12 November deadline.  Complete an 'Initial Project Outline' and we will offer you feedback on your project, if it is eligible for Making it Local, and other funding advice.


Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) Round 2

Round 2 of the 'Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme'

Apply from 22 May 2012.  Click  here for more information.


Newsletter May 2012

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Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS)

The FFIS is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is a scheme of support, developed to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England to become more efficient at using resources. This scheme aims to help make your business more profitable and resilient whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.

Click  here for more information.


Newsletter - February 2012

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BBC Countryfile in the Blackdown Hills!

Date:    Sunday 5th February 2012
Time:    7.00pm
Venue:  BBC1, showing on a TV near you


RDPE Funding and Support

If you are a farmer, grower, forester, land owner, rural business or part of a rural community you could potentially benefit from funding provided through the Rural Development Programme for England.


Funding Fair Success


Gates Close for Funding Applications


New applications to local grant provider “Making it Local”, based in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) are on hold due to budget cuts by Defra.


Funding for village enterprises

Big Lottery Fund – new Village SOS programme to offer grants worth between £10,000 and £30,000 for rural projects

The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) is today inviting rural organisations across the UK to bid for a share of £5m of funding. The initiative is part of the BLF’s Village SOS programme, which supports ventures that revive village life. Organisations can apply for grants worth between £10,000 and £30,000 for projects that, according to a BLF statement, will support "the brightest ideas for new community enterprises that will make a lasting difference in rural communities with a population of less than 3,000". The announcement is timed to coincide with the start of a new BBC One series tonight called Village SOS, which shows how six UK villages have used grants of £400,000, awarded previously from the programme by the BLF, to set up new community-run businesses.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "Every year, hundreds of local amenities such as shops and pubs close down in rural areas. The effects of this, along with limited transport options, rural isolation and lack of employment opportunities for young people, can all strike at the heart of village life. Through this campaign, the BLF will help people to tackle all this by bringing together support, information and expert advice on how to develop community enterprises."

The BLF is also staging a series of events across the UK providing advice on setting up community businesses. The events will be run in partnership by the Plunkett Foundation, ACRE, Localityand Co-operatives UK. For more details, visit


Free Funding Workshops

Free funding workshops are on offer in Honiton and Dunkeswell to help businesses and communities looking for grants in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as part of the £2.4million Making it Local funding programme.

The workshops will be run by Making it Local grant advisors Kate Tobin and Julie Fergusson, who will go through the application process, give project management advice where requested and point people towards suitable matchfunding.   For the first time the workshops will be themed around special interests to help people develop contacts, pass on information and collaborate on good ideas. However any project will be welcome to attend since much of the session will be common to all applications.

The first workshop takes place in Dunkeswell Village Hall on Tuesday 7th June at 10am. Dunkeswell Parish Council has recently received a grant for £5092 from Making it Local to improve their sports field for wider community use.

East Devon Business Centre, in Honiton, will be the venue for a workshop on Tuesday 14th June at 10am. This session will focus on support for businesses and market towns, with a presentation by Honiton Town Council on how they have developed their exciting new Local Producers Market. The Town Council applied to Making it Local and, despite the application being pipped to the post by a recent suspension of approvals, they have launched the market this year. They will be sharing their experiences during the workshop.

Recently, the Making it Local team received news that they could not approve applications for a few months while Defra review and reallocate spending. However they are still helping projects develop applications for a deadline on July 11th, leading to decisions in September, ready for the funding to be released again.

Successful applicant BarrieCastle, of Axminster Heritage Centre Ltd, recommends others to attend the workshops, "We were warmly welcomed at the workshop we attended in May 2010, we applied for a grant in October and were approved in December. In the interim, the support we had from the Making it Local team in leading us through the process was invaluable. After grant support has been equally excellent; in the search for the last of the match funding, the Making it Local team has continued to be supportive with some innovative ideas, in helping us move towards achieving our total target."

Places on the workshops are limited, so it is essential that you book in advance by emailing or phoning 01823 680626.


May 2011 Newsletter

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Superfast Broadband

Devon County Council has joined forces with Somerset County Council to make a substantial bid to win Government funding for superfast broadband for the two counties. The internet and online services are vital in helping to support local businesses and our economy. Using them can be a frustrating experience because of slow broadband delivery and poor connectivity which we currently have in the region. This often causes browsers to grind to a halt and slows down online streaming.

The Government has given Broadband Delivery UK a £530 million fund to help with the rollout of superfast broadband across locations that will not be served through an open network. A significant proportion of Devon and Somerset falls within this category, mainly in our rural areas.

The bid needs to be submitted by 18 April and part of its success relies on demonstrating considerable demand for superfast broadband in Devon from both residents and businesses. Please support the bid by completing the short survey on the link below to register your views.


Press release on suspension of approvals

The effect of last year's government spending review has reached Making it Local, a local funding programme for small businesses and community groups, which has had to be suspended temporarily to new applicants.

Making it Local is a £2.4 million fund which covers the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and some surrounding towns and parishes. It is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) which is currently managed by Regional Development Agencies but will transfer to Defra in July 2011.

On Monday 7th March the Making it Local team received news that the South West RDA has decided to suspend funding programmes like Making it Local while Defra review and reallocate spending.

Making it Local chairman, Councillor Paul Diviani said, "We cannot approve any new aplications at present, but we will still accept and advise on applications so that they can move forward quickly when the money is released in a few months' time. The Making it Local team are also working hard to help projects find alternative funding, so we would encourage people to continue to contact us."

Making it Local, which is hosted by Devon County Council, has already committed £1.2million to the rural economy of the two AONBs. Successful applicant David Willis said "We were able to make our village hall at Donyatt much more energy efficient, saving money and reducing our carbon footprint. Making it Local is a perfect example of the Big Society in action - communities finding solutions to their own needs. We hope that other communities can benefit from it in the future, as we have in Donyatt."


2011 Dates for Free Funding Workshops

Making it Local are announcing the dates of their free funding workshops for the first half of 2011. Project Development Workers Julie Fergusson and Kate Tobin will go through the aims of the funding programme and give advice on making a successful application. Booking is essential for these sessions since places are limited. The dates and venues are as follows:

Tuesday 1 February 10am - 12 noon: Wellington Community Centre

Tuesday 8 February 10am - 12 noon: Whitford Village Hall

Tuesday 29 March 10am - 12 noon: Yarcombe Village Hall

Tuesday 5 April 2.30pm - 4.30pm: East Budleigh Village Hall

Tuesday 7 June 10am - 12 noon: Dunkeswell Village Hall

Tuesday 14 June 10am - 12 noon: Honiton Business Centre


Welcome Julie

Making it Local would like to welcome Julie Fergusson to their team as the new Development Worker for the Blackdown Hills area. Julie has experience of working with community transport projects for Devon. She will be replacing Nicola Buckingham who is leaving to work for Saville’s as a rural researcher.

Making it Local has now approved 38 projects, but has plenty of funding left for community and business projects in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB areas. If you have a project idea please contact us on 01823 680626 or visit


Local Funding for Local Projects

Businesses and community groups within the East Devon and Blackdown Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and surrounding areas are lucky to have a programme of £2.4million European funding from the Rural Development Programme for England, delivered through the South West Regional Development Agency. The funding programme, known as Making it Local, has now allocated nearly half its funding to 32 projects but there is still plenty more funding available. Projects will be supported if they focus on raising business performance, connecting communities or making the most of local resources.
Making it Local is holding an event on October 12th 6-8pm at Kentisbeare Village Hall to update on projects and steer delivery for 2011. We are also holding an afternoon funding workshop. Anyone from the area can attend both events for free and there will be refreshments available. Booking is essential -, 01823 680 626 or visit for more information.

Examples of supported community projects include Taste the Harvest, a Somerset-based project to improve the link between schools and farming by organising a two-day local food and farming event. Support has also been given for the extension of Yarcombe Jubilee Hall, improvement of East Budleigh Shop, development of an interpretation model for Beer Heritage Centre and development of Neroche Parish Plan.

Training and networking projects have also been approved including Working our Woodlands working with small woodland owners, Building Sustainable Business Networks supporting local businesses, Pilot Forestry Apprenticeships Programme, Digital Mentors ICT training, and the setting up of Axewoods Co-operative to source local woodfuel.

Funding has been approved for renewable energy projects including Dalwood Community Shop, Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre, Shute Primary School, and Donyatt Village Hall.

To find out more about the projects we have funded and help us steer the programme attend our Funding Update event on October 12th 6-8pm at Kentisbeare Village Hall. Anyone can attend this consultation event and get involved in the advisory panel for the programme over the coming year.
Before this event we are holding one of our very useful funding workshops between 3-5pm where our Development Workers Kate and Nicola will provide advice on how to apply to Making it Local.

Making it Local offers a lifeline to local people with great ideas who need more resources. When the original bid was made to the EU, the two AONB’s were keen to include funding to help people develop good applications. Our new development Worker for East Devon Kate Tobin has said “Making it Local is a great way to inject some much needed investment into private and social enterprise in rural areas. To be successful, your idea will need to show how it will benefit the local economy, be environmentally sustainable and that there is sufficient demand for it locally. We can give advice to projects on how to demonstrate this and whether the fund will be suitable for them” People can attend both events for free and there will be refreshments available. Booking is essential and enquiries should be sent to or by ringing 01823 680 626 or visit for more information.


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Welcome to Mel

We would like to welcome Melanie Sealey who has just joined the team as new Programme Manger. Mel has been working for the Renewable Energy 4 Devon (RE4D) Programme at Devon County Council. Mel has a long experience in renewable energy and project management. She replaces Jenny Archard who has left to develop her freelance facilitation work.


Estonians Visit Making it Local Area

( Last Updated: 01-04-2010 )

Members of an Estonian Local Action Group, the West Estonian Islands Partnership, have visited the UK this week and to find out more about the work of Making it Local, the Local Action Group for the Blackdown Hills and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Local Action Groups (LAGs) are locally managed grant schemes, which are tailored to their geographical area. Incorporating funding from the EU, Defra, South West RDA and LEADER, they fund projects to strengthen the local economy, improve quality of life and enable rural communities to thrive.  Making it Local aims to use the outstanding landscapes and local skills in its area as a springboard for healthy and lasting development.

The Estonians have visited Blackdown Hills businesses whose projects have benefited from grants awarded by Making it Local, or its predecessor, LEADER+.  They have also had the opportunity to discuss the projects with members of the Making it Local team, including the Chairman, Devon County Councillor Paul Diviani, and Vice Chairman, Mike Ellingham of the National Farmers Union.

The group at the Common Loaf Bakery, near Hemyock

Local film-maker, Justin Owen, has been commissioned to make a documentary of the visit and followed the Estonians to capture footage of the various businesses and projects, as well as many of the key points raised along the way. The film was premiered at the visitors' accommodation on their last night and they were able to take home copies on DVD.  Parts of the film will be uploaded to the Making it Local  and Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB websites, as well as to social media sites. 

Making it Local Programme Manager, Jenny Archard, said: "The film will enable the two AONBs and Making it Local to document the kinds of work we want to support and to publicise that in a new way."


Devon County Council Visit

On 1st April Senior Officers from Devon County Council visited the Making it Local offices. They came to see what we have been up to within the Programme. They also visited Wellington Monument where they had a look at the local landscape and met a Making it Local funded project called Working our Woodlands. The meeting went very well and it was good to get officers from Devon County Council  to meet the Making it Local team, members of the Programme Management Group and AONB Managers.
Officers who visited included Chris McCarthy (Executive Director of Environment, Economy and Culture), Ian Harrison (Deputy Executive Director of Environment, Economy and Culture), Andrew Lightfoot (Head of Regeneration and Resources) and Rob Hetherington (Chief Economist).
Other people who attended included
Sarah Woollacott (Devon RDPE
Facilitator), Chris Woodruff (East Devon
AONB), Linda Bennett (Blackdown Hills
AONB), Bruce Douglas (South West RDA),
Mike Ellingham (Vice Chair PMG), Cllr
Paul Diviani (Chair PMG) and Zoe Harris
(PMG Member).


Spring into Action with Making it Local!

Making it Local Spring Update Event 28th April

The Making it Local team would like to invite you to our Spring Update event at Bicton College on Wednesday 28th April 6:15-8:30pm. This event will give you the chance to ask questions, meet the projects we have funded, listen to what the Making it Local Team have been up to recently, take part in voting new members into the Programme Management Group, attend a funding workshop before the event and find out what RDPE means.

To find out more please the Events webpage


Comings and Goings

In April we will be saying goodbye to Jenny Archard, the Making it Local Programme Manager. Jenny has got the programme up and running and is leaving to develop her freelance facilitation work, forest school and bushcraft. Jenny will be replaced by Mel Sealey who has been working for the Renewable Energy for Devon (RE4D) programme at Devon County Council. Mel has a long experience in renewable energy, fudning programmes and project management.


March 2010 Newsletter

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Making It Local free funding workshops

We are holding 2 free ‘pre-application’ workshops for anyone wishing to apply for some of our funding. If you are a small business or community group in the Blackdown Hills or East Devon AONB area you may be eligible!!
We run 2 grants programmes- one will fund projects £1,000-£10,000 and one that will fund projects £10,000- £100,000.
If you think you may be eligible and would like to come along to talk to our Development Officers- Hattie Winter and Nicola Buckingham- about your project and how to fill in your application forms, please call the office to let us know you are intending to come on 01823 680626 or e-mail
A Business Link Advisor will also be present for the last hour of each workshop to offer you advice and guidance too!
The dates, times and venues are listed below.
Monday 22nd March Ottery St Mary Institute 2-4pm
Wednesday 24th March Combe St Nicolas Parish Hall 1.30-3.30pm
For more information about the programme please look at our website If you have any further queries please contact us on the above.
We look forward to meeting you!
Hattie and Nicola


Thanks for your project ideas!!

Here in the office at Making it Local it has been a busy January! 

We have had a great amount of interest in our funding. Our Development workers, Nicola and Hattie are busy dealing with lots of queries. As a result it will take longer than usual to answer your query. Please be patient, we will answer your query in due course.  

We look forward to hearing from you.

From the Making it Local team


Update February 2010

Funding for rural businesses and communities in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Here in the office at Making it Local it has been very busy! We have had a great amount of interest in our funding. Coming up soon will be our next grants deadline, funding workshops and Spring get-together event on the 28th April.

Got a project idea? Our next Small Grants deadline is 15th March
Do you have a community project or business idea that needs funding? The Small Grants Fund provides smaller amounts of funding between £1,000 and £10,000 and will support projects which focus on either:
•    Small business creation and growth
•    Strengthening local communities
•    Connecting people and the landscape
Contact us to discuss your project ideas or visit our Small Grants Fund webpage. We have had a lot of project enquires, so bear with us. We will reply within two weeks.

Free Funding Workshops
Our Development Workers, Hattie and Nicola, are holding 2 workshops for businesses or community groups who want to apply for funding. Come along and get some helpful tips on filling in your application and what makes a good project. A Business Link Advisor will also be present.
Monday 22nd March The Institute, Ottery St Mary 2-4pm
Wednesday 24th March Combe St Nicolas Parish Hall 1.30- 3.30pm
Please book with us at the Making It Local Office

New Project Appraisers
Thank you to those people who attended the recent appraisal training session on 28th January. We thought the training went very well and are very pleased to have more people to help us identify the pros and cons of projects before they go to the programme decision making group. If you are interested in becoming an appraiser please contact us or visit the Get Involved webpage

Do you have a project idea for a Market or Coastal Town?
Please read our Market and Coastal Towns and the Rural Hinterlands: ‘collaboration’ priorities paper. This paper will help potential projects plan their projects and understand our priorities for market and coastal towns. Download this paper from the bottom of our Useful Links webpage or contact us for a copy.

Main Grants Fund
Got a big project idea? We also have a Main Grants Fund which offers funding between £10,000-£100,000. To find out more contact us or visit the Main Grants Fund webpage. To find out projects we have funded, visit our Supported Projects webpage.

Project Update – Building Sustainable Business Networks
West Devon BIP has been very busy since we approved £77,499 funding last year for their business support project. They have delivered over 5 workshops and over 60 people have attended. Workshops have focused on topics like websites, retail, marketing, branding, accounting, raising finance, funding applications and business planning. The project will be continue until April 2011 and will also be developing business networks. If you are interested in attending any these workshops, joining a network and developing your business further please contact West Devon BiP tel 0800 592 872, email or website

Comings and Goings
We will be saying goodbye in April to Jenny Archard, the Making it Local Programme Manager. Jenny has got the programme up and running and is leaving to develop her freelance facilitation work, forest school and bushcraft.  Watch this space for news on new staff!

Dates for your diary
•    15th March – Small Grants and Main Grants Application Deadline
•    22nd March – Funding Workshop, The Institute Ottery St Mary 2pm - 4pm.
•    24th March – Funding Workshop, Combe St Nicholas Parish Hall 1.30pm - 3.30pm
•    28th Apr - Spring Update Event and Programme Management Group Elections
•    17 May - Small Grants and Main Grants Application Deadline
•    19 July - Small Grants and Main Grants Application Deadline

For further information about any of the above please visit our website

“Making it Local is a locally managed grants scheme in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB areas incorporating funding from the EU, Defra, South West RDA and Leader.”


Working our Woodlands

Are you a Woodland Owner or Contractor?
Are you in the Blackdown Hills & East Devon area?

Working Our Woodlands is aimed at owners and contractors in this area

-By linking woodland owners with contractors to create a sustainable long term supply of local wood fuel & other wood products
-By working with small and large woodland owners to maximize the management of their resource with advice on grants, felling licences, etc
-By compiling a directory of quality assured contractors within the area
-By “grouping” smaller woodlands to help reduce management costs and create an income for owners

INTERESTED AND WANT TO KNOW MORE? -contact John Greenshields
Tel: 01823 660764


Advice for Market and Coastal Towns Projects

Making it Local Market and Coastal Towns Paper

If you have a project idea for a market or coastal town please read our Market and Coastal Towns and the Rural Hinterlands: ‘collaboration’ priorities paper. This paper will help potential applicants plan their projects and understand our priorities for market and coastal towns. 

Download this paper from our Useful Links webpage or contact us for a copy.


New Small Grants Fund in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon

Do you have a community project or business idea that needs funding? Making it Local has just launched its Small Grants Fund. Grants are available for between £1,000 and £10,000 for projects based in East Devon and Blackdown Hills which focus on:
  • Small business creation and growth
  • Strengthening local communities
  • Connecting people and the landscape.
The first deadline for Small Grant applications is 18th January 2010, but we are inviting people to submit their initial project ideas to us now. If you have an idea for a small project, please contact us, as we can help you develop your idea.
Making it Local Programme Manager Jenny Archard, says ‘experience shows that small amounts of money can make big differences to local businesses and communities. Making it Local wants to help make the most of what we have and develop exciting new ideas.’
Since Making it Local was launched earlier this year it has approved six projects within the Main Grants Fund. A forestry apprenticeship programme, digital mentor scheme, community shop improvements, a business support initiative, a local woodland project and the construction of an interpretation centre will all benefit from funding from Making it Local. The Small Grants Fund will provide funding for smaller projects.
If you would like to get involved with Making it Local, you could train to become a volunteer project appraiser on 28th January 2010 or attend our Spring Update Event on 29th April 2010. For further information please visit email or phone 01823 680626.


FREE - Workshops for new and established social enterprises Sep-Dec 09

FREE - Workshops for new and established social enterprises Sep -Dec 09 from Business Link

For more info please click here

17.09.09 Governance and Legal Structures Bristol
22.09.09 Starting in Social Enterprise Bath
29.09.09 Starting in Social Enterprise Bristol
06.10.09 Governance and Legal Structures Exeter
22.10.09 Investment Readiness Paignton
27.10.09 Starting in Social Enterprise Taunton
03.11.09 Starting in Social Enterprise Exeter
10.11.09 Investment Readiness Bristol
17.11.09 Governance and Legal Structures Boscombe, Bournemouth
19.11.09 Governance and Legal Structures Paignton
01.12.09 Starting in Social Enterprise Dorchester
08.12.09 Investment Readiness Taunton


August 2009 Update - find out what we have been up to!

New staff!
It has been a busy few months for the Making it Local team. We now have a complete team! The final staff member to join us is Development Worker Hattie Winter who has experience of working with community projects at Taunton Deane Borough Council.
Other recent activities include attending the Honiton Show (6th August) where we had stands in both the Blackdown Hills Business Association Marquee and East Devon AONB Marquee. The show was a great success, despite the rain! We talked to lots of people and hope that we inspired some people to submit some projects to us.
Our first project!
We have funded our first project called Digital Mentors. This project aims to offer digital mentoring (ICT help) to organisations and businesses in the Blackdown Hills and East Devon AONB areas. It will do this by offering training sessions and advice to local organisations and businesses. In addition it proposes to train volunteer digital mentors to help deliver this work. For further information please visit
We need more projects!
We are still looking for more projects to fund, so if you have a project idea for your community or business please contact us!! We are a friendly team and encourage people to contact us about their ideas.
We need more appraisers for submitted applications!
We are looking to recruit more volunteer appraisers to help us evaluate submitted applications. So if you have experience of working with businesses and community projects we would like to hear form you. The benefits of becoming an appraiser include gaining an understanding of the European funding system, helping projects to develop and developing new skills. If you are interested in becoming an appraiser the next training session for new appraisers will be on Thursday 8th October. Please contact us for further details.
We need more people to join our Consultative Advisory Group!
We are also looking for more members to join our Consultative Advisory Group (CAG), particularly representatives of organisations and individuals from the area covered by the Programme. The CAG is an important group for the Making it Local Programme because it helps to steer the process and develop the 2010 delivery plan for the Programme. The CAGmeets twice yearly and the next meeting date is 22nd October . So if you are interested in joining this group please contact us.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of the above.


Appraiser Training Date - 26 May 2009


Date change

Please note that  there has been an amendment to the Full Application Deadlines.  The Application Submission Deadline of the 1/9/2009 has been changed to 25/8/2009. This in turn changed the Programme Management Group decision date to 15/9/2009.  We apologise for the inconvenience.


New Staff Members are here

We are pleased to announce that two new staff members have now joined the team.
They are Carrie Mason who is the Programme Assistant and Nicola Buckingham the Project Development Worker.  You may contact them on:   and


Appraiser Training

Watch this space for the next Appraiser Training Date coming up soon



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