East Leicestershire LEADER is currently open for applications and will close for a final time on 31st August 2018

Expression of Interest forms are available here

Funding Available

  • Grants available £7,500 - £75,000
  • In most cases LEADER can fund up to 40% of a project's eligible costs

Please note; this information is indicative and may be subject to change. full details are available in the Application Handbook

FINAL CALL 8 Opens 1 June 2018 - Noon 31 August 2018 (No more Expressions of Interest will be accepted after this date)

LEADER priorities addressed

Who can apply

Criteria

Grant limits

Priority 1 – Support to increase farm productivity

• Farmers
• Growers
• Landowners

• A project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding.

• An investment to support animal health and welfare improvements.

• The processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products.

• Investments in reservoirs and irrigation.

£7,500 - £75,000

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Priority 2 – Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification

• New or existing rural micro or small businesses (under 50 FTEs)with projects to increase economic growth
• Farmers
• Growers
• Landowners

Projects could include:

• Starting a new business

• Developing an existing business

• Improving buildings.

• Purchase or hire of equipment

• Diversifying an agricultural or horticultural business into non-farming or non-horticultural activities.

• supporting growth in the Food and Drink sector.

£7,500 - £75,000

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Priority 3 – Support for rural tourism

• Small and micro businesses, including social enterprises
• Farmers wanting to diversify into tourism
• Rural businesses, including social enterprises
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• People or groups representing rural communities
• Charities
• Public bodies

• Tourist attractions and activities including
- developing events and festivals promoting local products
- developing culture, leisure, heritage, visitor activities or attractions and the marketing and signposting of these
- supporting niche products linked to quality local food, culture, sport heritage and rural crafts

• Developing tourism infrastructure including:
- access infrastructure to help people connect to the natural environment such as paths and cycle-ways
- small buildings for tourist information centres, visitor centres, shelters and signage and interpretation boards.
- developing innovative technology that enhances collaboration between businesses and provides information to attract visitors.

£7,500 - £75,000

in most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Priority 4 – Provision of rural services

• new or existing micro or small businesses
• rural community organisations
• charities
• public or private entities working in partnership with small and micro business and rural community groups
• local authorities

• projects that develop towns and villages in rural areas and their rural services

• projects that involve visits to farms for educational purposes so that the public has a greater understanding of the countryside and rural areas

• creation, improvement or expansion of small-scale village infrastructure, including amenity buildings and village access (for example footpaths)

• developing village infrastructure and access to key services, which may include tourism projects that increase services for the local community and contribute to village renewal
• setting up, improving or expanding essential services (for example transport) for the local community

£7,500 - £75,000

up to 100% for community led investments which are non-profit making and add value to wider local economy

Priority 5 – Support for cultural and heritage activity

• landowners
• rural community groups  • local authorities

These grants are for projects that promote, enhance and upgrade culture and heritage assets. The focus is to:

• grow the wider rural economy

• create a sense of local identity through raised awareness of the assets’ importance

• help protect culture and heritage features against damage and degradation

£7,500 - £75,000

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Priority 6 – Support for increasing forestry productivity

• Private forest holders
• micro, small
medium-sized forestry contractor

• machinery and equipment to harvest and extract timber

• investments that add value to felled timber by primary processing

• the costs of developing wood-fuel supply chains

• transportation of wood within a forestby specialised forestry equipment, excluding standard transport activities

£7,500 - £75,000

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs