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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2nd Call for Grant Applications

The West of England LEADER programme has re-opened for applications for grants from rural businesses and communities across North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset.

Announcing the new call for projects at the 157th North Somerset Show, Chris Head from the LEADER Programme said; “This funding scheme is designed for rural businesses and communities who are often overlooked by their urban neighbours. It is therefore fitting that we should be launching this call at the main Agricultural and Rural event held in the West of England.”

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.

Graham Clark from the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) and Chair of the Local Action Group added; “Following our first call, earlier this year, we want to continue to work with local businesses and communities to support their growth and I would encourage them to get in touch to find out how we can help.”

If you are a rural business or community organisation and think this might help you contact us to make an initial enquiry. This second call for outline applications closes on Monday 11th July 2016.

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