The LAG has nearly committed all its funds and will close to new Expressions of Interest on the 16 August 2018.  If you think your project meets local need and at least one of the national priorities we want to hear from you.

How to Apply

There is a two stage application process – an expression of interest and a full application. Before requesting an expression of interest form you should look at the Applicant’s Handbook which provides information on the types of projects and costs that could be eligible. We also recommend that you look at our Frequently Asked Questions page. Once you’re ready to complete the form,  contact the Programme Team (01305 225525, with a brief description of your project. If eligible, we will then send you the form by email. Completed expression of interest forms should be emailed to

How can we help?

For more information

  • talk through your project with one of the Programme Team,
  • see our occasional blog – Project hints & tips on the Noticeboard,

When to apply

Apply before 5pm on 16 August 2018.  We will try to consider your expression of interest within 30 working days.   Once an expression of interest has been endorsed by the LAG you will be given a timetable to submit a full application to the Local Action Group. We will also suggest areas for improvement and explain where applicants can get more help and support if needed.

How we approve projects

Applications to LEADER is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful. Applications are assessed against a range of set criteria by the Local Action Group at both stages and only those which strongly match the requirements of our Local Development Strategy and national priorities will be approved.