Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership

The Project So Far
Previous Projects
Who Can Apply
WARR Partnership Local Priorities
Contact Details
Plumpton College
Ditchling Road
Plumpton, Lewes
East Sussex. BN7 3AE
01273 892031


Site Updated: November 2016

Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership LEADER Funding - Previous Projects

Over 80 projects benefitted during the last round of funding

From July 2015, businesses in the rural areas of Wealden and Rother (WARR Partnership) will have the opportunity to apply for EU funding totalling 1.472 million.
Funding under LEADER is available to rural businesses, farmers, foresters, growers, landowners, environmental organisations, cultural, heritage and community providers, as well as voluntary and charitable organisations. The Partnership will be encouraging projects that will assist, strengthen and develop the local economy and deliver jobs, growth and community benefits in rural East Sussex.

During the previous four year LEADER Programme, the WARR Partnership supported 80 rural projects, created or protected over 90 full-time equivalent jobs, and led to just over 4 million being invested in small businesses and communities (including matched private sector funding).

The WARR Partnership has received provisional approval of the LDS bid for funding to support the rural economy in Wealden and Rother from 2015 to 2020. However, we are awaiting confirmation of our budget allocation, and the programme document to be signed off by the EU, before contracts can be drawn up for the WARR Partnership. We therefore do not anticipate being able to formally announce that we are operational and able to receive applications until late May / June 2015.

We hope to provide an update at our free Conference on Grants, Woodland Management, Woodfuel, Livestock and Land Management on 27th March 2015 at the Woodland Enterprise Centre, Flimwell, TN5 7PR; please contact us on 01580 879547 for more information and to register your attendance.

Previous Projects included:- The Bistro at Etchingham Station, providing a local venue for residents and visitors and creating job opportunities; Lamb Farm, Rye converted a redundant wool store into a holiday let, this preserved the building and enabled sustainable diversification of the farm; Rye Football Club installed pitch flood lighting with their grant, enabling greater use of the ground space and ensuring weekly training sessions for four squads; a farm shop near Heathfield converted a disused outbuilding to a farm shop; An online lingerie and swimwear store specifically for those having undergone surgery as a result of illness, Ash Hurdle production by Alex Ball, this company already supplied birch bundles to racecourses but to sustain their business needed to produce a smaller bundle made from ash trees, the grant e
nabled the business to purchase the necessary equipment, forward and improve cash flow
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