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.

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The West of England LEADER programme is now well under way with the Local Action Group having awarded £436,000 worth of funding to a variety of projects across all of its priority sectors. Through its investment the West of England’s LEADER programme is supporting organisations restoring historic structures, tourism projects, forestry enterprises, farm diversification projects,… View Article

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