We helped one farming client to capitalise on the current glamping craze by first helping to secure planning permission for two Shepherd Huts on their land and then obtained grant aid through the LEADER scheme for rural projects in England. Part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), funding is open to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers who must apply for it through Local Action Groups (LAGs). Grants range from £2,500 up to £50,000 and all money is 40% match-funded.
Looking to create an additional revenue stream to supplement farming income, our client invites guests to “enjoy a unique back to nature experience where camping meets boutique hotel.” Our client sets their shepherd huts apart from others on the market by providing an array of thoughtful extras within the rental price. These include welcome treats on arrival, a choice of breakfasts, BBQ, linen and towels, logs for the wood burner, wellies, and a selection of books, board games and childrens’ activity packs.
For more information about LEADER grant funding click here.