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East Leicestershire LEADER is currently open for applications.

East Leicestershire LEADER funding will be available in a number of calls, each focussed on one or more of the LEADER priorities.

Full details of the criteria is available on Open Call page of our website

Expression of Interest forms are available here

The table below shows the planned calls for 2017-2018.

Call 4 Opens 12 June 2017 – Closes 24 July 2017

Local priorities addressed

LEADER priorities addresses

Who can apply

Criteria

Grant limits

A thriving short stay destination for people interested in: fine food and drink, culture and heritage, field and outdoor pursuits

• Support for rural tourism

• Support for culture & heritage activity

• Small & micro businesses with projects to increase visitors to the area

• Community groups that want to invest in small scale infrastructure projects to support and develop tourism

• Farms diversifying into tourism sector

Projects that develop high quality products and services that extend the tourism season between Oct/Mar and encourage visitors to stay. Priority given to projects that:

• Provide high quality accommodation

• Upgrade and expand existing touring caravan and camping sites.

• Create new or expand existing attractions.

• Develop access infrastructure to the natural environment such as paths or cycle ways.

• Support events and festivals.

Projects that promote enhance or maintain cultural heritage assets and events. Priority given to projects that:
• Promote growth in tourism economy
• Create a sense of local identity through raised awareness of their importance
• Help protect cultural heritage features against damage and degradation.

£7,500 - £35,000

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Up to 80% for income (for not profit) generating projects.

Up to 100% for non-income generating projects

A growing food and drink sector producing and promoting high quality local foods

• Support for small & micro businesses and farm diversification

• New or existing rural micro or small businesses (under 50 FTEs) within the food & drink sector

Projects that support growth in the food and drink sector. Priority given to projects that:
• Strengthen local food and drink supply chains – field to plate.
• Enhance the offer of local food through farm shops, retailers, restaurants and events.
• Development, marketing and processing support for food and drink businesses.
• Support local food and drink networks or clusters.

£7,500 - £35,000

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Networked home based businesses & micro enterprises with confidence to grow

Support for small & micro businesses and farm diversification

New or existing rural micro or small businesses (under 50 FTEs)

Projects could include:
Improving buildings.
Purchase or hire of equipment.
developing craft or handicraft activities.
Setting up IT business.
Leisure, recreation and sport activities.

£7,500 - £75,000

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Call 5 Opens 12 - June 2017 (open ended)

Call 5 Opens 12 - June 2017 (open ended)

Local priorities addressed

LEADER priorities addresses

Who can apply

Criteria

Grant limits

Well connected and innovative land-based businesses supported to improve their productivity and exploit diversification opportunities

• Support for increasing forestry productivity

• Owners or tenants of private forestry holdings

• Micro, small or medium sized forestry contracting businesses

Projects that deliver permanent new supply chain and jobs through restoring regular management to local woods and encouraging a greater degree of added value to the timber output. Priority given to project that:

• invest in machinery and equipment to help the production, extraction, mobilising, processing and marketing of timber and non-timber forest products;
• process, mobilise and market products for new forestry technologies;
• Enhance forestry potential or add value to forest products by processing, mobilising or marketing;
• Develop wood-fuel supply chains
• Transport wood within a forest by specialised forestry equipment, excluding standard transport activities;

£2,500 - £75,000

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Active and inclusive communities that are able to help provide local services

• Provision of rural services

• New or existing micro or small businesses
• Charities
• Constituted community groups
• Social enterprises

Projects that develop services. Priority given to projects that:
• Plan for the development of municipalities and villages in rural areas and their rural services. Set up, improving or expanding of essential rural services for the local community;
• 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 projects, 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.

£2,500 - £75,000

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

Call 6 Autumn 2017 Dates tbc

Local priorities addressed

LEADER priorities addressed

Who can apply

Criteria

Grant limits

Well connected and innovative land-based businesses supported to improve their productivity and exploit diversification opportunities

• Support for increasing farm productivity

• Support for small & micro businesses including farm diversification

• Farmers
• Growers
• Landowners
• Farming businesses that want to diversify (expand into non-farming activities)

To be confirmed

£7,500 - £75,000
To be confirmed

In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Networked home based businesses & micro enterprises with confidence to grow

• Support for small & micro businesses and farm diversification

• Businesses under 10 employees with projects to increase economic growth

To be confirmed

£7,500 - £75,000
To be confirmed
In most cases up to 40% of eligible project costs

Please note; this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Funding Available

  • Grants available £2,500 - £35,000
  • In most cases LEADER can fund up to 40% of a project's eligible costs