Objective One milestone – over 100 projects now approved
A major milestone was passed this week by Cornwall and Scilly’s Objective One programme with news that over 100 projects have now been approved for European funding.
At its latest meeting, on Thursday 21st June, the programme’s Working Group recommended approval for another 23 projects – bumping the grand total to 116 approved so far.
Programme director Bill Bawden was delighted: “Between them, these projects will get nearly £53 million in European grants. But that is only part of the story. The European funding pays for part of the total cost of each project. When match funding is included, these projects will be worth £125 million to Cornwall and Scilly.”
He added: “The projects approved include funding for a wide range of schemes to help business, agriculture – and, of course, people.
”But we are still really in the early days – the first projects were not approved until September last year and the programme will continue to approve projects until the end of 2006. Over the next few years, these projects will each have an impact and people will see how Objective One is making a real difference to their lives and the prospects of Cornwall and Scilly as a region.”
Help for agriculture
Among the latest approvals were six new agricultural projects – which with match funding will be worth over £10 million to the sector. Each of these projects has been developed with help from the Agricultural Development Team set up by Objective One’s Agricultural Task Force.
Team leader David Rodda said the new projects included two umbrella funds that will provide direct financial assistance to the food sector, two dairy processing projects and two projects supporting on-farm activities.
He said: “During the last quarter the number of approved agricultural projects has doubled and some very positive schemes are now being developed. We also have some very diverse schemes coming forward – ranging from electronic identification of cattle to machinery sharing.
“However, we are always looking for new ideas and – as we are fully funded by Objective One – there is no charge for our advice. Objective One is a major opportunity for farmers and rural businesses and we are now seeing how it can work.”
Mr Rodda added that the Agricultural Development Team can be contacted on 01872 322800.
System is delivering
News that over 100 projects have been approved shows that the partnership’s approach to implementing the programme is already paying off, said Philip Johnson, who leads the Programme Secretariat at the Government Office for the South West.
Mr Johnson said: “The fact that 116 projects have been approved over the past nine months shows that the programme is providing a platform for Cornwall & Scilly to generate good projects.”
“We have to have a rigorous system for assessing projects not only to ensure taxpayers’ money is used properly and to make sure that the projects are high quality and will make a real impact. But there is no room for complacency and everyone involved must continue to strive for better and better projects.”
Working Group meeting 21st June 2001
At its meeting on Thursday, the Working Group recommended funding for 23 projects, together worth £5.23 million in European funding.
6 projects recommended for a total of £2.67 million in grant from the European Agricultural Guidance & Guarantee Fund – worth £10.19 million with match funding
8 projects recommended for £2.26 million in grant from the European Regional Development Fund – worth £4.82 million with match funding
1 project recommended for approximately £230,000 in grant from the European Social Fund – worth nearly £460,000 with match funding
8 projects recommended for £75,000 in grant from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance – worth £171,000 with match funding
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