What is LEADER?

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What is LEADER?

March 2016

LEADER funding

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) has recently given the go ahead for LEADER funding, primarily focused at projects that create jobs, help rural businesses to grow, and benefit the rural economy. LEADER funding is delivered via a Local Action Group (LAG) and is available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers.

A total of £138 million is available England between 2015 and 2020 under the scheme.

What projects are eligible?

A LAG is made up of people from the local community and the local public and private sector. Each LAG decides which projects they will fund in their area. This depends on the priorities of the individual area but all projects must support one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities. These are to:

support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
boost rural tourism
increase farm productivity
increase forestry productivity
provide rural services
provide cultural and heritage activities

How to apply

To find out more, and to apply, you should contact your LAG, or check their website, for information about:

funding in your area
funding priorities – including the local development strategy
how to apply for funding
past projects
LAG members

Your local action group

Find your LAG and contact details on the map or in the list.

Map of Approved LEADER Groups (PDF, 2.21MB, 1 page)

Approved Leader groups (PDF, 726KB, 20 pages)

In addition, LEADER and LEP boundaries have also been included on http://www.magic.gov.uk/MAGIC. This website provides geographical information and is presented as an interactive map which can be explored using the various tools included.

What we can do

Fisher German have a wealth of experience in securing grant funding for rural businesses and are currently working on outline applications as well as full LEADER applications for clients considering a wide variety of projects. 

For further information contact James Goodson on 01636 642507 or email here

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