Funding for Isles of Scilly businesses

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Applications for funding are being sought on the Isles of Scilly after the approval of a £2.25M investment programme.

The Isles of Scilly Local Action Group, a community led partnership of 25 individuals representing every sector of the Scillonian community from fisherman to flower farmers, secured the investment working in partnership with the Council of the Isles of Scilly, through the part EU/Defra funded Rural Development Programme for England.

The group is now ready to open its doors and accept applications for funding from across the islands. Funding is open to a wide range of applicants – public sector, private sector, voluntary sector, and community groups, individuals and businesses.

Local Action Group chairman Chris Gregory said of the: “The scheme will support well considered projects from a very broad range of industries. It deserves to be a great success and I would urge you to find out more and participate!”

The official launch of the Isles of Scilly Local Action Group will take place on Tuesday October 13, with a reception for over 150 invitees representing every sector of the Scillonian community.

The following day will see a Local Action Open Day based in the Town Hall on St Mary’s, taking place from 10am-4pm.

Similar events will take place on the Off-islands at the following times:

Wednesday October 14 – Bryher Community Centre, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Thursday October 15 – Tresco Community Centre, 6.00pm – 8pm

Friday October 16 – St Martins Reading Room, 11am – 2pm

Friday October 16 – St Agnes Island Hall, 6pm – 8pm

For further information on the benefits and opportunities inherent in this programme, either email localaction@scilly.gov.uk or contact Amanda Pender on 01720 424353.

In the south west, the Local Action fund is managed by the South West Regional Development Agency. It is a competitive fund and in addition to the Isles of Scilly LAG, there are similar groups operational across Cornwall – Clay Country, the East Cornwall Local Action Group, and West Cornwall Together.

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