Shropshire's rural economy urged to seek funding help

Craven Arms
Image caption Rural areas around town's like Craven Arms could benefit from the fund

Shropshire's rural communities are being urged to apply for a share of £500,000 that aims to boost the county's rural economy.

The rural challenge fund is part of Shropshire Council's market towns revitalisation programme.

Under the fund, rural areas outside towns such as Shrewsbury and Oswestry are eligible to submit applications for between £7,500 and £40,000.

The deadline for funding applications is 30 June.

'Real boost'

Examples of projects that may be eligible for funding include businesses, community centres where there is economic activity, improvements to industrial estates, social enterprises, and community shops.

All of the projects have to demonstrate how they will directly contribute to the local economy.

Councillor John Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council's portfolio holder for economic growth and prosperity, said: "In these difficult economic times it is vital that we continue to support and invest in our market towns and rural communities.

"This funding will provide a real boost to Shropshire's rural areas."

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