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Equine Business

This scheme is designed to encourage an accreditation system for facilities within Merseyside, a formal body to lobby for access routes and connectivity to existing leisure facilities. It also provides support for networking opportunities and access to funding for facility improvement. The project works closely with the BHS (British Horse Society) and volunteers in developing their objectives.

Proposed intervention

There will be no large grants for equine individuals or businesses. This is based on the poor economic return equine has historically shown. Instead intervention for the equine grant is 40% to a maximum of £5K. The minimum grant level is £2k for a £5k project, Eligible expenditure is an invoice supported by a cheque of bank transfer with evidence of defrayment from a bank statement. Cash payments are ineligible items of expenditure.

Improvement to the quality, safety and access will all be considered that do not have direct economic return.

Funding is only available to trading enteritis (sole traders, partnerships, Limited companies, social enterprises, charities and cooperatives). Have a maximum staff level of 10 full time equivalent employees, have less than €2million of turnover or €2million on the balance sheet.

Only one form needs to be completed for this grant and needs supporting by three quotes for the work to be carried out, any relevant legal requirements including planning permission and proof of match funding.