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.

  • We are currently closed to new Expressions of Interest. We may re-open the Programme to Expressions of Interest in early 2019, subject to the availability of resource. Please speak to the Programme team for more information.
  • Full Applications must be received by the date stated in the invitation to Full Application letter, unless an extension has been agreed.
  • All projects must be approved and contracted by Wednesday 31 July 2019.
  • All grant payments must have been made by 31 December 2020.

If you are invited to apply for LEADER grant funding, please take some time to read the following pages and the Applicants Handbook.

Download: LEADER Handbook For Applicants (V5.1)

Download: Project Ideas Form

Cotswolds LEADER Programme team

James Webb, Programme Manager on 01451 862033
Lioba Erwert, Programme Assistant 01451 862001
Mandy Pressland, Programme Assistant


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