Rural development grants available to farmers, foresters,
community enterprises and rural-based businesses.
LEADER is funding to improve the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the North Wessex Downs.

How to apply

From the 1st December 2015 we will be "open for business" and be able to review applications.  

To apply for a LEADER grant you will need to follow a two stage application process:

  1. An Expression of Interest (previously called an Outline Application); then, if successful,
  2. A Full Application.

Before completing an Expression of Interest form applicants are strongly recommended to contact the Programme Manager for an initial discussion to see if the project is likely to be eligible under the rules of the LEADER Programme.

Please make sure you read our Local Development Strategy, the North Wessex Downs LEADER Applicant Handbook and the North Wessex Downs LEADER Sustainable Development Guidance before you apply.  If you have any questions please contact the Programme Manager.

In the Expression of Interest form, applicants will need to give the following details about their proposed project:

Application Form and Guidance Notes

Expression of Interest form
Guidance Notes

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After the form has been submitted, applicants will receive an email acknowledgement within 10 working days.

We will check the form to make sure it includes all the right information and let you know if anything is missing. Once complete we will assess the application to see:

Once we have assessed the Outline Application we will either:

 To discuss your project ideas, please contact:

Dawn Hamblin
Programme Manager
North Wessex Downs LEADER Programme
Unit 3-4, Denford Manor, Lower Denford, Hungerford, RG17 0UN.
Tel: 01488 680458

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