Rural Development Programme for England: LEADER funding

You can apply to your Local Action Group (LAG) for LEADER funding for projects that create jobs, help your business to grow, and benefit the rural economy. 

What is LEADER?

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). It's a French acronym which roughly translates as ‘Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development'. 

How local action groups work

A LAG is made up of people from the local community and the local public and private sector. 

LAGs decide which projects they will fund in their area. This depends on their priorities but all projects must support one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities. These are to: 

  • support micro and small businesses and farm diversification 
  • boost rural tourism 
  • increase farm productivity 
  • increase forestry productivity 
  • provide rural services 
  • provide cultural and heritage activities 

Contact your local action group

Find your LAG and contact details on the map or in the list: 

Approved LEADER groups for RDPE 2014-2020

Map of Approved LEADER Groups

In addition, LEADER (and LEP) boundaries have also been included on MAGIC. This website provides geographical information and is presented as an interactive map which can be explored using the various tools included.