We are a LEADER Local Action Group, working across North Dorset, the rural areas of East Dorset, Christchurch and in Sherborne and the surrounding area awarding grants from the Rural Development Programme at a local level. One of 79 Local Action Groups (LAGs) in England, we are delegated to allocate project funding to rural businesses and community groups to help them create jobs, help businesses to grow or benefit the wider rural economy.

Applications for LEADER Grants are now CLOSED

What’s next for rural funding in Dorset?  Join us on 11 October at Kingston Maurward College to celebrate LEADER and look to the future Find out More and how to register

Funding was allocated according to six national LEADER Priorities alongside our own strategic priorities which are identified in our  Local Development Strategy

Find out more about our current grant holders and successful projects

Our work is overseen by the Rural Payments Agency on behalf of the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and our Accountable Body, Dorset Council. We also work closely with the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure our funding complements that of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme.

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