Welcome to the West of England Rural Development Programme and the LEADER fund

Find out how people, communities and business in the rural parts of the West of England can access support and funding to create jobs and improve well-being.

The West of England is the combined area of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils.

Under the LEADER programme funds have been allocated to support the development of rural businesses, social enterprises and communities from now until 2020. Individual grant applications for up to £100,000 will be available. Further funding under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development has also been allocated to the West of England, as news on this fund is released we will make it available here.

The LEADER programme is managed by a partnership body called the West of England Local Action Group. Calls for applications and decision on whether applications meet the fund criteria are made by this partnership. The partnership is supported by Bath and North East Somerset Council as the accountable body and by the West of England Rural Network which provides the staff resource.


Who can apply

What can be applied for?

How to apply

Further information & enquiry form

Latest News

The LEADER fund will close to new expressions of interest from 5pm on Monday 5th February.

The West of England Rural Development Programme LEADER fund is currently oversubscribed and will not accept new expressions of interest after the 5th February 2018.  All current applications will continue to be processed as normal.  We anticipate that the latest any grant funding agreements will be signed is the 31 March 2019 and that all… View Article

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