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West Oxfordshire and Cherwell district councils have successfully obtained funding from SEEDA for a Rural Partnership Project Manager to advise individuals, community groups and businesses about funding opportunities for rural projects.

Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Cabinet Member for Communities at West Oxfordshire District Council said, “Obtaining funding support is often crucial for rural projects, but knowing who to approach and how to apply can be a complicated process.

“Community shops and play areas are just a couple of examples of projects in West Oxfordshire that have received grants from external sources over the last few years and these successful projects have made a real difference to the community. We are very pleased to have made a successful bid and received the money to help get more projects off the ground.”

Sara Anthony, who previously managed West Oxfordshire’s £3million LEADER+ programme, has been appointed as Project Manager. She will work with individuals and project teams to help them complete business plans as well as advising and guiding about sources of funding.

Cllr Nigel Morris, Cherwell District Council’s Rural Champion said, “Good advice at an early stage can make all the difference when searching for funding and making applications. Sara’s expertise with rural projects will ideally complement the work of Cherwell’s Economic Development and Recreation teams.”

The work of the new Partnership Project Manager will be managed by a Steering Group to help ensure a successful outcome. It will be chaired by Martin Lane, director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Mr Lane said: “Working in partnership is the most successful route to generate funding at local level. We are fortunate that the Steering Group’s membership covers a vast range of expertise and knowledge. Our Group members represent a variety of key local organisations and the business community across both districts.”

To contact Sara Anthony for funding advice, or help with a project business plan, telephone 01993 861484 or email her on sara.anthony@westoxon.gov.uk.

Posted : 01/04/2009 12:46:47

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