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LLEP Growth Programme (EAFRD)

The LLEP Growth Programme, also known as EAFRD, is a European funding stream aimed at developing the rural economy.

Business in Leicestershire can now apply in the following categories:

- Food Processing

- Rural Tourism Infrastructure

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 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme


LEADER is a European funding programme which aims to support local economic growth through funding delivered by Local Action Groups (LAGs). LAGs will support projects which deliver jobs and growth and which support the 6 LEADER priorities;

1.Support businesses with less than 50 employees and farm diversification
2.Boost rural tourism
3.Increase farm productivity
4.Increase forestry productivity
5.Provide rural services
6.Provide cultural and heritage activities

There are two LEADER Programmes in Leicestershire;

- North Warwickshire and Hinckley & Bosworth LEADER

- East Leicestershire LEADER

Countryside Productivity Scheme

Please note this grant scheme is currently closed.

The Countryside Productivity Scheme aims to help the farming and forestry industry to become highly-skilled and to help new farmers to start up a business. It will help farmers and foresters to innovate and use new technology and research in their business.

Farmers, woodland owners and forestry contractors can apply for grants under this scheme.

For more information follow this link.

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

This scheme is open to all eligible farmers, woodland owners, foresters and other land managers. It provides incentives for land managers to look after their environment.

The main priority of the scheme is to protect and enhance the natural environment, particularly the diversity of wildlife and water quality. Other outcomes include; flood management, the historic environment, landscape character, genetic conservation, educational access.

For more information follow this link.

EIP-Agri Grants

Funding is now available under the last phase of European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-agri) grants.

Grants can be used to boost productivity in the livestock, arable, horticultural and forestry sectors and create ground-breaking new technology – unlocking innovation in the farming industry.

The aim of EIP-Agri is to take research and develop it into a solution for a recognised industry problem in a new and innovative way. Its aim is not to fund primary or additional research.

For more information and to find out how to apply, please follow this link.

Useful Information

  • Leicestershire Rural Economy Evidence Base

    In June 2014, the LRP commissioned Rose Regeneration to produce this Rural Economy Evidence Base. This was in order to align our commitment to economic development with the investment strategies of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, and to support the implementation of our Rural Framework.

  • East Leicestershire Tourism Accomodation Study

    The East Leicestershire Tourism Accomodation Study was commission in order to develop our understanding of the potential for tourist accommodation development in East Leicestershire and the role that Leicestershire County Council and partners can play in realising this potential.

  • East Leicestershire Rural Workspace Demand Study

    This study was commissioned by Leicestershire County Council in 2014 in order to develop an understanding of the availability of rural workspace in the East Leicestershire area. This was in support of our bid for LEADER funding as well as in planning for the incoming LLEP Growth Programme.

  • Leicestershire Rural Framework 2014-2020

    The Leicestershire Rural Framework sets out the LRP's Principals and Priorities for the period to 2020.

  • LLEP Sector Growth Plans

    The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership has identified 8 key sectors in
    Leicester and Leicestershire;

    Food & Drink Manufacturing / Textiles Manufacturing / Logistics and Distribution / Tourism and Hospitality / Creative Industries / Low Carbon / Professional and Financial Services / Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

    Sector expert consultants have been commissioned to develop the plans. They provide the LLEP and partners with intelligence and evidence to inform future decisions.