How Can EU Funding Help Dorset?
8:16am 19th September 2013
(Updated 11:49am 19th September 2013)
A local action group want your opinion on how European funding should be spent on rural businesses and communities in Dorset.
Chalk and Cheese's current allocation of rural development funding has helped nearly 40 local community organisations and businesses across West Dorset, Purbeck and Portland with £2.065 million.
It's one of 64 local action groups around rural England, managed by DEFRA, and its principal role is to provide rural communities with a voice in local democracy, together with access to funding for projects which support their local strategies.
For example, Chalk & Cheese provided funding for the new cafe and interpretation centre at the Chesil Beach Centre.
Tonight (Thursday the 19th September) the group are holding a meeting to discuss where the funding starting in 2015 will go. There'll be guest speakers present and the meeting will be held at the Springfield Hotel in Wareham from 6pm.
Hannah Lovegrove, Programme Manager for Chalk & Cheese, told us about the sort-of business they can help, "many of these businesses are quite small, that's part of the problem, they don't have the kind of cash flow that enables them to take big steps forward, and that's where we can help provide funding... that can have a knock-on effect for the whole community."
Hannah continued to say anybody and everybody could attend the meeting, "Ordinary people, business people, anybody with an interest in serving and promoting their own local community. So, these people can get together and develop some ideas for their area, these ideas are then sent up through the chain to Government."