Details of new LEADER rural funding programme confirmed

The Government has announced final details of the new LEADER programme, which will direct a total of £138m of funding to rural businesses and communities across England over the next five years.

LEADER is a European-wide approach to distributing funds which emphasises the role of local communities in determining local priorities. Applications for funding are made to a body known as a Local Action Group, which is made up of local businesses and community organisations.

Following an appointment process a total of 80 Local Action Groups, covering 85% of rural England, have now been established. They will soon begin the process of determining local priorities for funding and inviting applications. The funding itself ultimately comes from the Government's Rural Development Programme and is managed nationally by the Rural Payments Agency.

The new LEADER programme will be aimed at projects which are intended to improve farm and forestry productivity; support small and new businesses; support farm diversification; support rural tourism; provide rural services; or support cultural or heritage activity.

Most Local Action Groups will distribute funding over the course of the next five years in a number of funding rounds, each aimed at particular activity and priorities. We will maintain news of these as they are announced on our Funding page. Alternatively, you can contact your Local Action Group now to begin discussing your project idea and to see how and when support might be available.

Details of the Local Action Groups in our area are as follows:

Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways

Covering most of the East Riding and parts of Ryedale district. Total budget £2.12m

Contact Dee Mitchell on 01377 208410 or via email. Website.

East Peak Innovation Partnership

Covering parts of Sheffield and Barnsley Districts in South Yorkshire, and part of Kirklees District in West Yorkshire. Total budget £1.35m.

Contact Tracy Charlesworth on 01226 763201 or via email. Website.

North York Moors, Coast and Hills

Covering the North York Moors National Park and surrounding areas. Budget £2.34m.

Contact Amy Thomas on 01439 772700 or via email. Website.

South Pennines Leader

Includes rural parts of Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees Districts in West Yorkshire. Budget £1.57m.

Contact Ruth Hair on 07786 752749 or via email. Website.

Tees Valley and Vale of Mowbray

Includes northern parts of Hambleton District in North Yorkshire. Budget £1.23m.

Contact Nick White on 01642 213852 or via email. Website.

Yorkshire Dales Leader

Covers the whole of Craven and Richmondshire, plus much of Harrogate District and the western fringe of Hambleton District. Budget £2.23m.

Contact Rima Berry on 01524 251002 or via email. Website.


A map showing the boundaries of all the LEADER areas in England, and a document with all contact details of Local Action Groups, can be downloaded using the links below.

File LEADER 2014-2020 area map.pdf2.21 MB
File LEADER 2014-2020 LAG contacts.doc.docx167.44 KB