Cotswolds LEADER News & Events

27th June 2018 – 3 grants approved:

£48,642 towards storage for woodchip and a Firewood processer for a forestry contractor and wood-fuel business in Oxfordshire.

£38,112 towards Forestry equipment and a Firewood processor for an Estate in Gloucestershire.

£29,757 towards a Direct Drill for an arable farm in Oxfordshire.

30th May 2018 – 2 grants approved:

£42,810 towards a System Cameleon Drill for an organic arable farm in Gloucestershire.

£23,372 towards an ice-cream and butter production facility on a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.

2nd May 2018 – 3 grants approved:

£99,982 towards a Food & Farming Education Centre in Oxfordshire.

£17,891.38 towards specialist laboratory equipment for a business in Gloucestershire.

£6,247.20 towards a Fertilizer Spreader for a farm in Gloucestershire.

28th March 2018 –  3 grants approved:

£24,660 grant approved towards a specialist Drying System for a business in Gloucestershire.

£16,074.81 grant approved towards a cobb and bale Roundhouse and associated facilities for a tourism provider in Wiltshire.

£6,991.39 grant approved towards a fixed Cattle Handling System for a farm in Gloucestershire.

21st  February 2018 – Full Application Training session – 2-4pm at the Cotswolds Discovery Centre, Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3JH. At the session we will be going through the Full Application form and Guidance document. We will explain the programme requirements in more detail, covering outputs and supporting documentation. This will be an informal session designed to help applicants strengthen their application. Limited spaces available. You can book your place by emailing:

14th February 2018 – £22,953.80 grant approved towards Cow rumination collars, a Trailing Shoe and GPS for a dairy farm in Wiltshire.

18th  January 2018 – New Executive Group Member joins the Cotswolds LEADER Local Action Group. Welcome Dr Benjamin Dent.

11th  January 2018 – Gloucestershire Rural Tourism Workshop –  10am-12pm The Kings Head Hotel, 24 Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NR. Find out more about the Growth Fund and the Cotswolds LEADER Programme including grants available, eligibility and how to apply.

13th  December 2017 –  2 grants approved:

£10,463.40 grant approved towards a Distillery Equipment and upgrading electric supplies for a gin distillery in Gloucestershire

£26,060.64 grant approved towards a Trailing Shoe Slurry System  for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire

6th  December 2017 – Recruitment of an Executive Group Member for the Cotswolds LEADER Local Action Group.  A superb opportunity to contribute to the operation of the Cotswolds LEADER programme.

We are seeking an individual with a range of experience across the LEADER themes to join a small Executive Group of 12 members. We are particularly keen to secure input from the private sector across one or more of the following skills sets; finance and business planning, rural services, private sector forestry, rural tourism and micro enterprise and farm diversification.  You will help to promote the programme and determine grant applications, working closely with the two person programme team.  This is a voluntary and unpaid position.  Deadline for Applications 5th Januray 2018.

More information and to apply.

29th  November 2017 – 3 grants approved

£21,014 grant approved towards a Slurry Separator  for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire

£9,798 grant approved towards a Cluster Flush  for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire

£49,980.87 grant approved towards a firewood processor for a business in Gloucestershire.

18th October 2017 – £20,048 grant approved towards a Cluster Flush and cow mattresses for a dairy farm in Wiltshire.

4th October 2017 – Vegetable Matters wins award!

Cotswolds LEADER grant recipient Vegetable Matters wins Campaign to Protect Rural England county awards:

Vegetable Matters was credited for sustainable building design and community benefits.

13th September 2017 – 2 grants approved:

£49.992.55 grant approved towards the conversion of derelict agricultural buildings into 5 residential holiday units in Gloucestershire.

£20,450 grant approved towards a Cluster Flush & EID Rumination Collars for a dairy farm in Gloucestershire.

August 2017 – Our upper grant limit has been increased to £100,000!!

For exceptional projects with high job outputs, grants from £50,000 to £100,000 will be considered. This higher amount is only available under Priority 2 “Support for micro & small Businesses and farm diversification”. The maximum grant rate is capped at 40% of the eligible project costs.

Cotswolds LEADER Programme team

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