Cotswolds LEADER Funding Priorities

Priority 1 – Support to increase farm productivity

Investment in innovative business practices and new technologies to help become more productive and sustainable. Grants are not available for investments in standard agricultural or horticultural practices.

Who: Farmers / groups of farmers / horticultural producers / processing businesses.

Grant limits: £5,000 – £50,000. Maximum grant rate is 40% towards total project cost.

There are four main types of projects that could be supported:

  1. A project to improve overall performance and sustainability
  2. An investment to support animal health and welfare improvements
  3. The processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products
  4. An investment in reservoirs and irrigation systems

The downloadable summary document below is an extract from the Applicants Handbook, which provides a fuller explanation of the types of projects LEADER may be able to support under the six investment themes.

Download: priority-1-farm-productivity


Priority 2 – Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification

Supporting rural businesses and the establishment of new rural enterprises to secure strong rural economic growth, particularly those developing innovative approaches or techniques and those critically dependent upon the Cotswolds environment for success.

Who: start-up and existing micro and small businesses, social enterprises / farming or horticultural businesses. (To qualify as a micro or small business you should have less than 50 employees and a turnover of less than £7.9 million.)

Grant limits: £5,000 – £50,000. For exceptional projects with high job outputs, grants from £50,000 to £100,000 will be considered. Maximum grant rate is 40% towards total project cost.

The downloadable summary document below is an extract from the Applicants Handbook, which provides a fuller explanation of the types of projects LEADER may be able to support under the six investment themes.

Download: priority-2-support-for-micro-and-small-businesses-non-agricultural-and-farm-diversification


Priority 3 – Support for rural tourism

For projects developing high quality visitor products and services that link tourism providers, extend the tourism season and encourage visitors to stay.

Who: start-up and existing micro and small businesses / farm businesses diversifying into tourism activities / community groups / local authorities / charities.

Grant limits: £5,000 – £50,000. Maximum grant rate is 40% towards total project cost for commercial projects but can be higher for non-commercial projects.

The downloadable summary document below is an extract from the Applicants Handbook, which provides a fuller explanation of the types of projects LEADER may be able to support under the six investment themes.

Download: priority-3-support-for-rural-tourism


Priority 4 – Provision of rural services

This priority aims to alleviate some of the difficulties faced by rural communities, particularly lack of access to services and the provision of infrastructure. Projects should contribute to growing the local economy.

Who: start-up and existing micro and small businesses / community organisations / charities / partnership working / local authorities (in exceptional circumstances where it is in addition to statutory requirements)

Grant limits: £5,000 – £50,000. Maximum grant rate is 40% towards total project cost for commercial projects but can be higher for non-commercial projects.

The downloadable summary document below is an extract from the Applicants Handbook, which provides a fuller explanation of the types of projects LEADER may be able to support under the six investment themes.

Download: priority-4-provision-of-rural-services


Priority 5 – Support for cultural and heritage activity

Supporting local initiatives, which draw on the heritage and traditions of the Cotswolds, to create jobs and growth through an approach that celebrates the culture and enhances the sustainability of the area.

Who: start-up and existing micro and small businesses / community organisations / charities / landowners / local authorities (in exceptional circumstances where it is in addition to statutory requirements)

Grant limits: £5,000 – £50,000. Maximum grant rate is 40% towards total project cost for commercial projects but can be higher for non-commercial projects.

 The downloadable summary document below is an extract from the Applicants Handbook, which provides a fuller explanation of the types of projects LEADER may be able to support under the six investment themes.

Download:  priority-5-support-for-cultural-and-heritage-activity


Priority 6 – Support for increasing forestry productivity

Supporting the return of neglected woodlands into productive management to stimulate and develop forestry and woodland product markets.

Who: owners or tenants of private forestry holdings / micro, small and medium-sized forestry contracting businesses.

Grant limits: £5,000 – £50,000. The maximum grant intervention rate is 40%.

The downloadable summary document below is an extract from the Applicants Handbook, which provides a fuller explanation of the types of projects LEADER may be able to support under the six investment themes.

Download: priority-6-forestry


Cotswolds LEADER Programme team

James Webb, Programme Manager on 01451 862033
Mandy Pressland, Programme Assistant on 01451 862030

cotswoldsleader@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk