Cotswolds LEADER Programme

The Cotswolds LEADER Grant Funding Programme is delivered by the Cotswolds Conservation Board. LEADER is a national programme and is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Grant decisions are made locally by an appointed Local Action Group (LAG) of key representatives from various organisations in the local area.

The aim of the programme is to create new jobs and grow the rural economy through capital grant investment. The programme is open to a wide range of businesses, farmers and not for profits. The LEADER priorities of generating jobs and growth cover: increasing farm productivity, micro-enterprises and farm diversification, rural tourism, culture and heritage, rural services, and increasing forestry productivity.

The Cotswolds LEADER Programme is time limited.

  • The cut-off date for Expressions of Interest is Friday 31 August 2018. Whilst Expressions of Interest can be accepted up to this date, not all will be invited to full application because of constraints on the remaining resource
  • The cut-off date for receipt of Full Applications is Wednesday 31 October 2018
  • All projects must be approved and contracted by Friday 29 March 2019
  • All grant payments must have been made by 31 December 2020

We are open for applications. If you wish to apply for LEADER grant funding, please take some time to read the following pages and the Applicants Handbook before submitting a Project Ideas form by email.

Download: LEADER Handbook For Applicants (V5.1)

Download: Project Ideas Form

Cotswolds LEADER Programme team

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


For more information go direct to the Rural Development European Commission website
This project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2014-20: Europe investing in rural areas