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Does your project fit with the Southern Oxfordshire LEADER Scheme’s strategic priorities? The Southern Oxfordshire Local Action Group's themes (or priorities) are: Encouraging enterprise and business innovation. Improving tourism in rural locations and enhancing heritage and landscape. Addressing social exclusion. Skills development for rural areas. Addressing climate change is a cross cutting theme which has also been adopted. Any project supported will need to fit within one or more of these themes. The Rural Development Programme for England, which funds the LEADER initiative also has a set of measures that act as a criteria for potential projects, these include: Modernisation of agricultural holdings (eligible beneficiaries include farmers and other landowners, and eligible activities include small on farm renewable activity, alternative agriculture, and improved crop storage). Adding value to agricultural and forestry products (eligible activities include processing and marketing of certain agricultural and forestry products, the development of new products, processes and technologies). Diversification into non-agricultural activities (eligible beneficiaries include farmers or members of a farm household, diversification activities could include retailing, manufacturing, equestrian, creative industries, environmental services etc). Support for the creation and development of micro-businesses (eligible applicants include existing or establishing micro-businesses). Encouragement of tourism activities (eligible applicants include tourism businesses and tourism related organisations located or operating in the LEADER area). Basic services for the economy and rural population (This measure supports the setting up of basic setting up of basic services in rural areas to meet the needs of the local population. Eligible activities include cultural and leisure, community buildings, community enterprises, community ICT). Village renewal and development (This measure supports integrated village initiatives which promote cross-community development and regeneration. Eligible activities include small scale infrastructure, networking social enterprises, functionality of community buildings). Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage (eligible activities include environmental awareness actions, investments in maintenance, restoration and upgrading of the natural heritage, small scale infrastructure improvements). Training and information for economic actors (eligible activities include training and information for rural micro-businesses and rural tourism businesses). Your project would have to deliver or fit within one or more of these measures to be appropriate for funding. In addition to this the Local Action Group also encourages collaborative working, and will support projects that demonstrate this.
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