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 March 2019. Individual grant applications for up to £40,000 are available.
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 the West of England Combined Authority as the accountable body and by the West of England Rural Network which provides the staff resource.