The LRP works closely with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) so that plans to deliver growth in the city and county are aligned with plans for growth within rural areas. This will include the LRP supporting the delivery of various European Union economic programmes.

Current Projects

East Leicestershire LEADER

The LEADER Programme is a well-established method of delivering Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding at the local level and is a source of European funding that will support the development of rural areas over the period up to 2020.

The LRP has been successful in its East Leicestershire LEADER bid; more information is available at the links below;

Superfast Leicestershire

The Superfast Leicestershire programme is working to ensure that 97% of all homes and businesses have access to fibre broadband, delivering superfast speeds, by the latter part of 2018.

By March 2016 over 65,000 properties in 150 towns and villages have been enabled with superfast broadband with thanks to more than 200 miles of new fibre cable and over 300 roadside fibre cabinets.

In the current phase (Contract 2), another 15,000 county properties as well as 10,000 in Leicester City will be included in the programme. Over 97% of Leicester and Leicestershire can already access superfast broadband, if you are unsure whether your area is connected check on the Superfast Leicestershire page:

The next phase was approved in June 2017 and will bring quicker connection speeds to the remaining three per cent of Leicestershire homes and businesses – mainly in hard-to-reach rural areas which would otherwise be left behind on slow broadband speeds.

RDPE Growth Programme (EAFRD)

The LLEP Growth Programme - also known as EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) - is a European funding stream aimed at developing the rural economy. The funding programme is administered by the Rural Payment Agency.

Business in Leicestershire can now apply in the following categories:

- Food Processing

- Rural Tourism Infrastructure

-Business Development

Current deadline for Expressions of Interest is 31st May 2018

Further information about the sort of projects that can be funded by the programme, eligibility and how to apply are available via the Rural Payments Agency website -

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