Job opportunity – make your mark on the local rural economy

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Beds & Hunts Claylands, Greensand Ridge LAG, Job vacancies, Latest News, Rural Development

Do you have experience of project management or development, together with the drive to help develop the local rural economy? Could you bring forward high quality applications to grant funding programmes expected to be worth over £2 million in total by March 2019?

BRCC is seeking a part-time LAG Officer to generate and support applications to its two LEADER grant programmes, on behalf of the Greensand Ridge and the Beds & Hunts Claylands Local Action Groups (LAGs). The successful candidate will have: excellent analytical and communication skills; good interpersonal skills; thoroughness; experience of working with bureaucratic processes and associated software; and an eye for detail. The role will involve independent travel across most of rural Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire.

We are keen to hear from as many suitable candidates as possible, and so will consider applications for a secondment or to work on a freelance or self-employed basis. There is also some flexibility over the number of working hours.

LEADER is funded by the European Union (see p.2), so the future of the role beyond the UK’s anticipated exit from the EU in March 2019 depends on the outcome of current negotiations.

Application deadline: 9am on Monday 5th March 2018

Interviews: Monday 12th March in Cardington

You can download the application information here:

BRCC LAG Officer application information Feb 2018

Rural Funding Opportunities Breakfast Event on Wednesday 18th October 8.30am

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Beds & Hunts Claylands, Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, Greensand Ridge LAG, Latest News, Rural Development

The Greensand Ridge Local Action Group are hosting a FREE event at the award winning Gamlingay Eco Hub (funded by LEADER) on 18th October 8.30-10.30am, to enable local businesses to find out more about Rural Development Funding.

If you are looking for funding for your business, this event will give you the chance to learn about the different funding options available to you and speak to experts about which options are best for your business and how you can access them.

You can book tickets here or download the flyer here.

Seeking new staff for our LEADER grant programmes

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Beds & Hunts Claylands, Greensand Ridge LAG, Job vacancies, Latest News, Rural Development

Are you seeking a new challenge in the Bedfordshire area? Could you assist rural businesses to negotiate the challenges of applying for European funding?

BRCC is the accountable body for two Local Action Groups (LAGs), covering the Greensand Ridge and Beds & Hunts Claylands areas. Following a review of staffing requirements, we are recruiting for two new positions for our delivery team:

LAG Officer
Download: Application information (PDF)

LAG Support Officer
Download: Application information (PDF)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring
Please complete, and return with your application, our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, which can be downloaded below:

Download: Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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To Apply

Please send:

1.    A CV which shows us how your knowledge, skills and experience fit the role as described in the person specification and job description.

2.    A supporting statement which describes:

a.    The experience and knowledge you have which would enable you to carry out the role as described in the job description.

b.    How you fit with the selection criteria as set out in the person specification.

c.    Why you would like this role.

3.    The Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Please send these to Lisa King at or by post to BRCC, The Old School, Cardington, Bedford MK44 3SX.

LEADER Funding Goes Live!

Written by Lisa King on . Posted in Beds & Hunts Claylands, Greensand Ridge LAG, Latest News, Rural Development

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) is delighted to announce that funding through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) LEADER Programme is now available to small businesses, farmers, foresters and communities in both the Greensand Ridge and Beds & Hunts Claylands areas.

From 2nd November 2015, businesses and communities in the rural areas of the Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Claylands, and the Greensand Ridge area of Central Bedfordshire and parts of South Cambridgeshire will have the opportunity to apply for funding through the 2015 – 2020 LEADER programme. Match-funded grants of between £10K to £80K will be available through a competitive process for projects that create jobs and grow the local rural economy.

BRCC managed the Greensand Ridge LEADER Programme from 2007 – 2013, during which time 15 projects were funded through the Programme, £1,386,470 was distributed as investment grant funding. This was the first time that LEADER funding had been available in the area and it resulted in the projects levering in a total volume of investment of £4,800,000, and helped to create 65 new jobs and numerous volunteer opportunities. Additionally, many other local businesses and suppliers were supported and benefitted mutually through increased partnership working and co-operation.

If you have an idea for a project, would like to be involved with one of the Local Action Groups or require more information about eligibility and the application process, please visit the Local Action Group pages using the links below or contact Ian Campbell, Rural Development facilitator at or on 01234 832612.

For projects in the Greensand Ridge Local Action Group area visit their website here.

For projects in the Beds & Hunts Claylands Local Action Group visit their website here.




Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire Claylands LAG

Written by Lisa King on . Posted in Beds & Hunts Claylands, Latest News

Are you interested in the development of the rural economy in north Bedfordshire and west Huntingdonshire?

The Beds & Hunts Claylands Local Action Group (LAG), managed by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC), has provisionally been awarded LEADER funding by Defra from the Rural Development Programme to invest in local projects between 2015 and 2020. The amount has yet to be confirmed. How can I get involved?

Please contact Lisa King at or on 01234 832643, giving your contact details and your interest in the area.

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