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£138 million LEADER fund available to grow rural economy


The RPA’s LEADER scheme has allocated £138 million to rural communities across England.

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There are 80 successful LEADER programmes covering 85 per cent of rural England
There are 80 successful LEADER programmes covering 85 per cent of rural England

Rural communities across England now have access to a portion of the Governments £138 million fund, to create more jobs and boost the rural economy.


The approach, known as LEADER will give local communities power to support projects in their own area under the Government’s Rural Productivity Plan.


Speaking ahead of a speech in London to successful Local Action Groups (LAGs), Farming Minister, George Eustice said: "We want to grow our rural economy, which is why we are making funding available to local communities so they can invest in projects to bring more jobs and enterprise to their areas."


Projects which have previously been funded by LEADER include farmers diversifying into farm shops, ice cream parlours and camping sites, villages benefiting from heritage funding to boost tourism and local food producers of cheese and meat supported to expand their product lines.


With 80 LAGs covering 85 per cent of rural England, money will be available to kick-start new projects to deliver local jobs and growth within the community.


Chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Mark Grimshaw said the great thing about the scheme is the level of collaboration between the Government and local communities.


He said: "We have a common purpose and a strong belief that we can work in partnership to allow the rural economy to grow.


"But this is all about local delivery using local knowledge, and I am looking forward to working with the 80 Local Action Groups, using the experience that the agency has in administering similar schemes, over the lifetime of the LEADER to make a real world difference to rural communities."



Find your LEADER programme

Find your LEADER programme

All successful LEADER projects have been added to FG Insight's Grant Checker.


Grant Checker is an online tool that allows you to look up and research agricultural grants, loans and scholarships available to you as a farmer.


You can access the Grant Checker via your desktop computer, tablet or a mobile device to search grants based on your location and age.


For more information about this, and other grants available to you, visit FG Insight's Grant Checker by clicking here.

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