Under this fund the key criteria are:
- You should be a business, social enterprise or community organisation
- The project should be in a defined rural part of the West of England (although the applicant may be based elsewhere)
- The project should create jobs and business growth
- Your project fits one of the 6 LEADER priorities and also the West of England local priorities
- You can meet the match funding requirements
To find out more go to the applications page.
What is the rural area of the West of England?
There is an agreed definition for eligible rural areas. In general though for the West of England we include all the areas outside the two cities of Bristol and Bath together with the major towns. However we have included Thornbury, Paulton, Yatton and Congresbury.
We are currently developing an On-line Postcode checker that will be launched soon. In the meantime please refer to this DEFRA approved Area Map or contact the programme team for further details.
National and local priorities
The six national LEADER priorities of generating jobs and growth are:
- Increasing farm productivity
- Micro-enterprises and small enterprises including farm diversification
- Rural tourism
- Rural services
- Culture and heritage
- Increasing Forestry and woodland productivity
To help meet these national priorities a set of core objectives and policies have been developed for the West of England LEADER Programme to secure and create jobs through: