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 grants can support businesses, farmers, foresters, land managers and communities for projects that create jobs and growth and benefit the rural economy.

Funding is distributed through Local Action Groups (LAGs) made up of local people from local public and private sectors and civil society. The word 'LEADER' is a French acronym which translates as 'Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development'. Using this approach, LAGs are able to prioritise and tackle important local issues.

The County Council has successfully bid for LEADER funding to support activity across the whole of rural Lincolnshire and will distribute funds through four Local Action Groups:

Coastal Action Zone LAG covering the coastal area of East Lincolnshire (north of Boston Borough)

Kestevens LAG covering West Lincolnshire (South of Lincoln)

Lindsey Action Zone LAG covering the Wolds countryside and market towns and West Lindsey

Wash Fens LAG covering South East Lincolnshire

Within the Greater Lincolnshire Area there is also a fifth Local Action Group, Northern Lincolnshire LAG. Contact: Shalon Perkins, North Lincolnshire Council, Tel: 01724 297768

The programme is planned to run for 5 years, or until all funding has been allocated. All project funded expenditure will need to be completed by 30th October 2020.

Applying for Funding

To be successful applications must contribute to one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities:

Support for Micro and Small Businesses and Farm Diversification
Support for Rural Tourism
Increasing Farming Productivity
Increasing Forestry Productivity
Support for Natural and Cultural Heritage
Provision of Rural Services

For details of how to apply for a grant please click here.

Or alternatively please email LincsLEADER@lincolnshire.gov.uk