LEADER funding

About LEADER funding

The LEADER fund has now closed to new applications.

LEADER funding is part of the Rural Development Programme for England. It supports projects that create jobs, business growth and benefits to the rural economy.

All projects must support one or more of the six LEADER priorities: These are to:

  • support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
  • boost rural tourism
  • increase farm productivity
  • increase forestry productivity
  • provide rural services
  • provide cultural and heritage activities

Local Action Groups

Local Action Groups (LAGs) help to deliver the funding to businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers.

LAGs include people from the local community and both the public and private sector.

Each LAG decides which projects they will fund in their area.  The four in Lincolnshire are:

  • Coastal Action Zone
  • Lindsey Action Zone
  • Wash Fens
  • Kestevens

They have awarded a total of £5.9 million to local projects under the 2015-2020 LEADER scheme.

Alternative funding

To find grants, loans and support for your business, visit Business Lincolnshire.

Find grant schemes for your community project or organisation.

LEADER and European Agricultural Fund logos

LEADER funding enquiries