LEADER is European funding to improve the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the North Wessex Downs Local Action Group Area. LEADER is available to farmers, foresters, community enterprises and rural-based businesses.
Your project must be located within the North Wessex Downs Local Action Group Area. See the map of the North Wessex Downs Local Action Group Area.
North Wessex Downs LEADER will usually award grants of between £5,000 to £100,000 - mainly for capital projects. A maximum of 40% of total project costs is available for commercial projects and upto 85% for not-for-profit projects. However, different grant rates apply, depending on the applicant and the nature of the proposals.
LEADER delivers funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The North Wessex Downs LEADER Programme is run by a Local Action Group comprising people from land-based business, commerce, public and charity sectors in the area. The Local Action Group sets the priority themes and makes the grant decisions. Find out more on the Local Action Group page.
We have increased the maximum amount of grant you can apply for from £50,000 to £100,000. See the Applicant Handbook for more details.
Come along to some free events to find out more about the grant funding opportunities available NOW in your area.
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