East Leicestershire LEADER is open for applications and funding will be available in two final calls across all LEADER priorities.

The table below shows the planned calls for 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


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