LEADER is an EU programme that aims to provide funding for businesses and organisations looking to begin or expand their operations in rural areas.
What separates it from other funding programmes is that it is delivered locally rather than nationally, with decisions on how and where the grant money is spent being made by an appointed Local Action Group (LAG) of key representatives from various organisations in the local area. The funding is from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) delivered via Defra through the Rural Payments Agency.
The overarching aims of the programme are to:
How much funding is available
The grant amount will depend on:
Applications must be for a maximum grant amount of £100k
Grants will typically be limited to a maximum of 40% of the project’s total eligible costs. However some types of projects can get higher rates.
Who can apply
To apply for LEADER funding the applicant, or their project or beneficiaries - must be in a LAG area.
Applications can be made by farmers, growers, foresters, other local rural businesses and rural community organisations who are in the Mersey Rural LAG area. They can be:
Applicants must be a ‘legal entity’ and able to sign a legally binding contract.
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