We are looking for projects applications that are bold and creative. As this is a new fund in the West of England there are no local examples of LEADER funded projects in our area yet so we have tried to define our local policies in more practical terms and to direct you to similar projects.
Existing businesses and farms to future-proof and diversify their operations. Examples might include a full sustainable management programme or improvements such as reducing fuel and energy use on the farm, improving soil structure and fertility, changing practices to reduce impacts of flood and extreme drought conditions.
Cottage Farm, Cornwall
Glasshouse horticultural production linked to waste heat sources
Revitalise traditional forms of horticulture such as market gardens, soft fruit production and orchards
The Severn Project
Home and rural hub working project.
Wooler Work Hub
Rural business innovation.
The Grange Business Park, Hewish
Encouraging and supporting female entrepreneurs and supporting young people to be economically active in rural areas.
Inspirational rural women
Working with large scale national green infrastructure schemes; cycle paths, walking trails, nature corridors and waterways to promote increased tourism footfall and create expansion opportunities for existing businesses/new business development on the routes.
Expanding existing tourism businesses and widening the tourism offer.
Brimpts Farm, Devon
Retaining and developing new forms of ownership and delivery of vital village services.
Blackdown Healthy Living Centre
Adapting to the changing age profile of the population leading to a demand for increased care and domiciliary services.
Rural Action Yorkshire, Good Neighbours Scheme
Reducing social need, rural isolation and disadvantage, childcare issues and long term unemployment.
Wiltshire Wheels to Work
Support for traditional rural craft development on historic sites.
Gower Heritage Centre
Linking tourism and investment in cultural and heritage resources.
Kilfinan Community Forest, Argyll, Scotland
Exploit opportunities that exist for utilising the many un-economic small and unproductive units of managed woodland.
Dartmoor Woodfuel Co-operative
Improve supply infrastructure of wood products, logs and woodchip to urban markets.
Forest of Avon Products
Exploiting the full economic potential of the local urban market (the city region and beyond) as a foundation for further economic activity and bringing together partners and brokering alliances.
Somerset Local Food Direct
Social enterprise projects to stimulate business, resource management innovation and social support services.
The Community Farm, Chew Magna
A Community Shop, set up and run by residents of a village.
The shop provides a range of foods and other household products, sourced from nearby farms or local producers.
Almondsbury Community Shop