Up to £100,000 Available for Rural Businesses

6 Dec 2016

The West of England Rural Development Programme is open for applications

The West of England’s LEADER programme is now open again after a Government review of European funding programmes following the Referendum in June 2016. Applications can be made for grants from rural businesses and communities across North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset.


Eligible businesses and communities can apply for grants for capital projects to help support their growth and sustainability. Applications for investments from £10,000 up to £100,000 can now be made. In most cases match funding of 60% of the project value will be required although you are advised to speak to the programme team for details.

The West of England Local Action Group will be delivering these funds as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), with the money made available through the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

What is the LEADER Programme?

The LEADER programme is primarily designed to promote business growth and stimulate job creation. The programme is focused on rural areas and its priorities are supporting:

  • micro and small rural businesses,
  • farm diversification projects,
  • forestry projects,
  • tourism projects,
  • rural services
  • cultural and heritage projects.

There are two stages to the application process with published cut off dates available on the project website. Applicants are advised to speak to a member of the programme team to ensure eligibility and discuss proposal suitability.

Get in Touch

If you are a rural business or community organisation and think this might help, get in touch to make an initial enquiry on 01275 333701, or email leader@westofenglandrdp.org.uk.

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