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Thousands Of Pounds To Help West Dorset's Economy


12:51pm 27th October 2014

Nearly £8,000 is being ear marked for West Dorset's Economy.

The District Council are planning on giving the money every year from 2015- 2020.

It will be invested in projects that increase local prosperity in the local community.

The aim is to support businesses in the area and help those generating wealth locally.

The money is coming from the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development.

Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to support this programme which will play a vital role in boosting West Dorset's economy.

It's all happening through the LEADER programme that targets, delivers and manages economic investment through Local Action Groups (LAGs).

The district council will contribute £5,500 a year to the Southern Dorset Local Action Group and £2,450 to the Northern Dorset Local Action Group. These groups replace the previous organisation called Chalk and Cheese, which awarded grants worth £1.66m from 2007-2013 across West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland and Purbeck.

A total of 39 projects received grants ranging from £2,700 to £150,000. The money was used to help entrepreneurs, charities and community groups. One project that received support was Thorncombe Village Shop, which received £25,000 towards refurbishment.   


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