The LEADER approach is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

LEADER FUNDING in Lincolnshire

Call Status: Open for Expressions of Interest

Deadline: 30th April 2019, 17:00

Eligible Areas: Coastal Action Zone, Kestevens

The Coastal Action Zone and Kestevens LEADER Local Action Groups are pleased to announce a further opportunity for businesses, farmers, foresters and those involved in tourism, heritage and community initiatives to apply for LEADER funding. Grants are available to support projects that will create jobs or growth in the local rural economy.

The handbook will tell you more about the grants available, including:

  • Who can apply
  • How much you can apply for
  • The types of activities eligible for funding (and those that are not)
  • A map of the eligible area


Call Information

Applicants should also note the following information that is relevant to this call:

  • You will be notified of the outcome of your Expression of Interest by 24th May 2019
  • If approved, you will be invited to submit a Full Application by 30th June 2019.   
  • Applicants (or their Agents) invited to submit a Full Application are encouraged to attend a 2 hour workshop to help with the development of their application. A choice of dates and venues will be available (provisionally arranged for 29th April, 30th April, 4th June, 5th June).
  • Successful applicants will be notified of their grant award by 30th September 2019.
  • The earliest date you are likely to be able to start your project (place orders) is 1st October 2019
  • All project expenditure must be completed by 30th October 2020
  • If you project needs planning permission you must apply for this BEFORE you submit your Expression of interest and a copy of the Planning Decision Notice must be provided to us by 30th July 2019. You should contact us before applying if you think you will have difficulty in meeting these deadlines.
  • If your project includes building work that does not require planning permission, you must provide an email from the Local Authority Planning Department confirming this
  • Grants are not available in the Kestevens for the purchase of  Low Till and Zero Tillage Drills
  • Applications will each be considered on their individual merits, and if there are insufficient funds to support all approvable applications, those scoring best in a clear and transparent appraisal process will be offered funding first.

Some of the businesses who are already benefitting from LEADER funding speak about their experience on our case study videos.  To view these please click here


If you are unsure whether your proposal would be suitable and would like to have an informal discussion before applying please email your contact details to  and a member of our team will get in touch.


If you are considering making an application you should note that Full Application stage will involve a rigorous assessment of your project and you will need to submit a comprehensive collection of supporting evidence including:

  • Three like for like comparable quotes for every item of expenditure over £1500 (2 quotes for items under £1500). Each supplier's quote must be based on the same specification i.e using the same materials, the same measurements and for items that have the same power/capacity and the same level of functionality
  • The last three years financial accounts for your business and any linked businesses OR for a new businesses, latest tax returns (where available) or an opening statement from a qualified accountant
  • A quarterly cash flow forecast for the period of project delivery (while you are completing the works and incurring and expending the grant related costs) and a profit and loss forecast for 3 years following completion of the project works. A spreadsheet template will be provided for this.
  • Evidence to show that match funding is in place eg a loan agreement, offer of funding or bank statements where "own funds" are to be used. 
  • Research to show there is real need and demand for what you want to do

Advice will be provided at applicant workshops to help you gather this information.

Please Note

  • Time and costs incurred in the completion of your application are at your own expense and risk.
  • Grant payments are made in arrears and you will need to be able to bankroll your project and pay for the items in full before submitting a grant claim.  You will be required to submit documentary evidence to verify this (eg bank statement, overdraft facility).  Up to three separate grant claims can be made per project.
  • We will look for projects that meet the national and local priorities for funding, and will decide which meet the criteria the best. This means grants are not awarded automatically to all applicants.
  • Should your project be approved  you will be required to trade for 5 years from the financial completion date, as stated in your contract, and create all outputs as detailed in your Full Application. Failure to comply with this could result in potential clawback of grant.