Cash Boost for Local South Oxfordshire Rural Projects

More than £350,000 has been injected into projects that support businesses and community organisations in South Oxfordshire.

Drawn from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF), a scheme for rural businesses and organisations as part of the Government’s Levelling Up agenda, the district council has allocated funding for a number of projects across the district, giving local organisations a much-needed boost.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund projects benefitting from funding so far include Henley Town Council being awarded funding to develop a campaign to promote the Visit Henley-on-Thames website.

While the council is finalising a range of plans for this year’s allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, they have further funding to award through the next round of the Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Example projects that could be supported include sustainability infrastructure, the creation and expansion of rural leisure and tourism businesses, and purchase of equipment to support rural and community owned businesses.

Councillor Robin Bennett, South Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “It’s great to see so many businesses and community organisations benefiting from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The first round of funding supported projects including the first free Winter Blues and Jazz Festival in Wallingford, which was a great success and brought a timely boost to Wallingford and surrounding villages.

“We are fortunate to be situated in an incredibly attractive area of natural beauty and character but the last few years have been challenging for our rural economy. Projects like Thomley’s Eco Woodland Outdoor Adventure and Learning Centre are an excellent example of how the Rural England Prosperity Fund is being put to good use, enhancing the well-being of people with disabilities with improved facilities.

“Our next round of funding opens for applications this week – I hope the projects we’ve highlighted inspire more eligible organisations and businesses to apply, and ultimately help our rural communities to prosper.”

The next round for applications has now opened and organisations can apply for the scheme via the council’s website.

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