Leader Funding

Leader Programmes

The LEADER Programmes are a grant funding stream from the EU, designed to help businesses and communities to develop the rural area and create jobs. It is managed by a Local Action Group (LAG), made up of people from private, public and voluntary sectors who live and work in the area.

The fund’s main objectives include supporting the creation and growth of sustainable rural businesses, conserving the environment and natural resources, and fostering the development of vibrant local communities with attractive opportunities and effective services in the area.

Two Leader programmes operate in Tendring - Heritage Coast and Wool Towns, and detail on the specific priorities and eligible areas for these programmes is shown below.

Priorities for the Leader programmes:

  • Support to increase farm productivity
  • Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification
  • Support for rural tourism
  • Provision of rural services
  • Support for cultural and heritage activity
  • Support for increasing forestry productivity

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The business/project must be located in an eligible area.
  • The total amount applied for must be between a minimum of £2,500 and a maximum of £100,000
  • Applications will be accepted from private businesses, public organisations, voluntary organisations or people who want to start their own business.
  • There are rules around what you can spend the grant funds on if the application is successful, please see pages 5 and 6 of the Applicant Guidance for more information.

Grant Amounts and Match Funding Requirements:

The LEADER fund is typically limited to providing up to 40% of your eligible project costs, however the percentage amount is variable depending on which of the 6 priorities your project is focussed on, and what type of organisation the applicant is, i.e. profit/not for profit. For further detail, see the subheading ‘Grant Limits’ under each of the priorities in the Applicant Guidance pack.

You will need to detail the source of the match funding for your project (whether you will be making up the amount from your existing resources, have applied to another funding source, etc.) in your outline application, and if you are invited to make a full application, include written confirmation of the match funding you have secured.

State Aid rules mean that one applicant cannot receive more than €200,000 in public funding in a 3 year period, which may mean that if you or your project has been in receipt of funding of this type in the past 3 years you will be eligible to receive a lesser amount from LEADER. Please detail your previous successful public funding applications in your outline application.

Heritage Coast

This area encompasses the majority of rural areas across Tendring (but excludes the towns of Clacton, Harwich, Frinton and Walton) and also includes a large section of the Suffolk Coast. To ensure that you are in an eligible area please check against the map for more detail.

The Heritage Coast Local Action Group has the following priorities that guide their approach to funding. All grant applications need to fit one of these priorities:

  • To support the creation and growth of sustainable rural businesses in the Heritage Coast area
  • To conserve and enhance the unique environment and the natural resources of the Heritage Coast area
  • To ensure vibrant local communities with attractive opportunities and effective services in the Heritage Coast area

They are particularly keen to support the following:

  • Agricultural and other rural businesses to develop and diversify their businesses
  • Support the growth and sustainability of tourism and leisure businesses
  • Increasing the volume and value of food production and the development of local supply chains
  • Activities designed to maximise the efficient use of natural resources
  • Increasing the supply and diversity of timber products and supply chains
  • Increasing opportunities for young people to access local employment and skills training
  • Effective rural services

Wool Towns

The Wool Towns include Manningtree and Lawford in Tendring as well areas covered by Babergh, Braintree, parts of mid Suffolk, Colchester and St. Edmondsbury Councils. To ensure that you are in an eligible area, please check the map for more detail.

The Wool Towns Local Action Group has the following priorities that guide their approach to funding. All grant applications need to fit one of these priorities:

  • Promote the sustainable growth of rural businesses in the Wool Towns LEADER area
  • Maintain and improve the range and quality of services and ensure access to them
  • Promote sustainable management of natural resources, integrating environmental, economic and social needs

They are particularly keen to support the following:

  • Developing a coherent and distinct tourism branding for the area
  • Agricultural and other rural businesses to develop and diversify their businesses
  • Maintaining and attracting local services that provides employment for young people
  • Existing community facilities to provide more services that promote public access to the countryside
  • Improving and enhancing woodland management and its supply chain
  • Innovative methods to conserve natural resources

For more information, please see the promotional leaflet and accompanying applicant guidance to ensure that your project/business is eligible, or visit the appropriate website for the initial application form.

 

 

 

Last updated on: 22/09/2016 - 09:46