Essex Rivers LEADER Funding
The Funding Programme
is an established method of delivering funds under the Rural
Development Programme for England (RDPE), so that they benefit local
projects. Funding is available for the period 2015-20. LEADER funding
is accessed through ‘Local Action Groups’ (LAGs), which are area-based,
with populations up to 150,000. There are 80 LEADER groups within
England covering approximately 85% of the rural population in England.
Essex is covered by four LAGs which each deliver funding under the LEADER programme:
Essex Rivers covers parts of Colchester, Chelmsford, Braintree, Brentwood, Rochford and Maldon local authority areas. See map for further details.
Heritage Coast covers a large part of Tendring district.
Wool Towns covers parts of Colchester and Braintree local authority areas.
Eastern Plateau covers Uttlesford and a part of Epping Forest local authority areas.
Who will LEADER fund?
will fund farmers, foresters, smallholders, rural businesses (micro and
small) and rural communities with the aims of creating jobs and
developing rural businesses.
project should have a total value of not less than £25,000 and we are
able to fund up to 40% of projects. All funding decisions are made by
the Local Action Group, which is a group of local business people and
community leaders (approx 28 members currently). This is a competitive
bidding process and only those applications which receive the highest
scoring will be offered funding. In Essex Rivers we have been allocated
£1.8 million until 2020.
What will LEADER Fund?
Projects must meet at least one of the national LEADER priorities and must fit with the specific local priorities of the Essex Rivers LAG which are as follows:
- Grow rural small and micro businesses to create employment
- Develop the rural tourism offer
- Develop the market for added value local food and drink
- Build on the area’s high quality and diverse nature assets to promote visitor spend in the economy
- Develop a clear identity for the rural assets of the area to attract visitors and investment.
You will need to check whether you are in an area covered by a LAG. This information is on the Defra website https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/448033/Map_approved_LEADER_2014-2020.pdf or you can call the team at Essex Rivers who will let you know which LAG area you come under.
application process consists of an Outline Application, which will be
available on our website as soon as possible. Before you complete this,
you will need to speak with the team to discuss your project. We can
provide guidance with the whole application process.
Visit the Essex Rivers website – www.essexrivers.co.uk
How to contact us
Initially contact Beverly Davies, Programme Manager to discuss your project -
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01376 574330 or 07494 509730
Alternatively contact Neil Harper, Programme Officer –
email@example.com Tel 01376 574330