Could you get Leader money?



£2.5m has been secured from the Leader fund to spend on supporting the rural economy of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Now open for applications!

Who can apply?

Farmers, foresters and small rural businesses based within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Community groups and organisations, social enterprises and charities and individuals in the North Wessex Downs AONB area can also apply. [Map here]

What can the funding be used for?

Projects must deliver at least one of the themes in the Local Development Strategy as outlined below.

  1. Creating opportunities to enjoy the North Wessex Downs.
  2. Supporting community development and business transformation
  3. Promoting local food
  4. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Projects must also address regional targets:

Axis 1 – Helping to make agriculture and forestry more competitive and sustainable
Axis 3 – Enhancing opportunities in rural areas

See the documents linked at the end of this article for details about Axis 1 and Axis 3, and more information

What funding is available?

Funding is available up to a maximum of £50,000 per project. Match funding is needed for most projects and rates vary depending on the project’s aims and objectives.

How do we apply?

Projects that will spend their grant BEFORE the end of March 2009
Get in touch as soon as possible. You need to complete an Expression of Interest Form, then a full application if your project is eligible. For projects seeking under £20,000 funding, the Local Action Group will decide quickly as the projects are submitted. For those projects seeking greater funding, the applications will be assessed at a Local Action Group meeting in late February.

Projects that will spend their grant after March 2009
Please complete an Expression of Interest Form. A member of the Programme Management Team will then contact you and work through the full application with you if you are eligible and if necessary.

More Information

If you would like more information or would like to submit an expression of interest form please contact John Tabor on 01488 685440 or email

Information is also available on the following website:

Background documents

 Leader-summary-leaflet Jan-09-20



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