LEADER funding

Before you apply

The LEADER fund has re-opened until 9 August 2020. 

This funding call is for the purchase of capital equipment only. We will not accept the construction of buildings, development of marketing materials and landscaping. 

The guidance in this call overrides the advice given in LEADER Applicant Handbooks:

  1. You must be able to complete your project by 31 December 2020. This means you must order, deliver and install all items by this date
  2. We will notify you of the outcome of your Expression of Interest by 19 August
  3. If approved, we will invite you to submit a full application within four weeks
  4. We will notify successful applicants of their grant award by 30 October

Funding is competitive. We look for projects that meet the national and local priorities for funding. This means we will not award grants automatically to all applicants.

We will consider applications on their individual merits. We may not have the funds to support all approvable applications. If so, we will offer funding those scoring best in a clear and transparent appraisal process.

Funding advice

The amount you can apply for depends on the size of your business, the type of project and the costs involved.

Grants are typically limited to 40% of the project’s total eligible costs. However, some types of projects can get higher rates.

You can use other public money to pay for eligible costs but only up to the 40% limit. You must pay the remaining project costs from private sources like savings or a bank loan.

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