08 Nov

South Devon and Dartmoor LEADER funded projects take awards ceremonies by storm in 2017

2017 has been a successful year for projects funded by the Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund (GDLEAF) and the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (SDCLAG), both managed by the DR Company in Okehampton. Five of the shortlisted producers for the 2017 Devon Food and Drink Awards are businesses who have successfully applied for the current round of funding, and two more businesses who received funding from previous programmes were on the shortlist for the awards. On the 2nd November, South West Farmer’s Young Farmer of the Year 2017 has been awarded to GDLEAF funded Sam Bullingham.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Devon Food and Drink Awards were Hunts Cider and the Devon Distillery who successfully applied for funding from the South Devon Coastal LAG 2015-2020 while Clive’s Pies in Buckfastleigh successfully applied for money through the Greater Dartmoor LEAF 2015-2020. The DR Company also helped two further businesses on the shortlist, the South Devon Chilli Farm and Yarde Cider, to successfully apply for grants from previous programmes. Sam Bullingham the newly awarded Young Farmer of the Year by South West Farmer received over £8,000 from GDLEAF 2010-2015 to help him establish his business and has now been awarded further funding from the current GDLEAF programme.

“The application process for these funding programmes is detailed and rigorous,” explains DR Chairman Derek Phillips” the benefits of this is that only the projects with the strongest business plans, and the clearest visions are awarded funding. This is why we are seeing so many of the projects funded by GDLEAF and SDCLAG receiving awards- they are well thought through, realistic yet innovative businesses who are able to demonstrate excellent project planning and efficient business management.”

The DR Company are currently managing the two LEADER funded programmes which seek to allocate between £2,500 and £150,000 of funding to projects in eligible rural areas in South Devon and Dartmoor. The focus of the programmes is to support job creation and help the rural economy to grow specifically in the areas of farming, forestry, enterprise, tourism, rural services and cultural heritage activity. Applications are still open and information can be found on the DR website www.drcompany.co.uk. DR can provide assistance to applicants in making their application.

The DR Company are an independent, not for profit organisation who provide friendly, impartial, expert services to support rural projects and businesses. The DR Company develops and delivers funding and also offers a comprehensive range of project services including bid writing. They are currently running the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group Funding Programme 2015-2020 as well as the Greater Dartmoor Local Enterprise Action Fund 2015-2020. For more information or to apply visit www.drcompany.co.uk email admin@drcompany.co.uk or phone 01837 658 643

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