The European Commission, through its Leader programme, has granted a subsidy of 2.6 million euros to the province of Alicante to promote rural entrepreneurship. Assistance aimed at establishing new companies or improving existing companies, 71 municipalities expressed through two local action groups Its territory is divided between the north and the south.
These subsidies are co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), Generalitat Valenciana and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and are primarily aimed at entrepreneurs who want to start their business idea or already established in rural areas and make improvements. There are also support lines for the projects of non-profit associations and municipalities aimed at promoting initiatives that improve the quality of life of their citizens.
Entrepreneurs interested in starting a non-farm businessGrant covering 100% of the investment It is carried out with a grant that can reach a maximum of 70,000 euros. In the case of investments in the development of non-agricultural companies, the amount to be received can reach up to 30% of the cost and a maximum of 21,000 euros, for the creation or improvement of agri-food companies for transformation or marketing. You can get up to 40% of the product and up to a maximum of 28,000 Euros.
Responsible for the management of the subsidies are the Muntanya d’Alacant local action group and the Rural Sustainability and Innovation group, which brings together 58 municipalities in the districts of l’Alcoià, El Comtat, Alto Vinalopó, Marina Alta and Marina Baixa. It provides shelter to the 13 districts of Vega Baja, Alto Vinalopó, Medio Vinalopó, Bajo Vinalopó and l’Alacantí.
The director of the latter organization, María Jesus Torres, emphasized the importance of these grants for the development of the rural area, underscoring this in the last call. 14 public and private projects benefited from the program “they gained huge economic support, which was a catalyst for their business”. Therefore, the Leader emphasizes that its strategy is to “prevent the population from having to go to other areas to seek job opportunities, attract talent to the region, promote service delivery and improve the quality of life in rural areas”.
In total, there will be 11 local action groups that will receive assistance from the entire Valencian Community, five from the province of Castellón, four from Valencia and two specified from Alicante.