What is LEADER?


LEADER is a European Union initiative for assisting rural communities to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in their local area. The acronym stands for Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l’Économie Rurale – links between actions of rural development.  As its name suggests, LEADER is simply a way of encouraging public, private and voluntary partners to work together to solve local challenges and make the most of local opportunities.

The delivery of a LEADER Programme is based upon seven key principles which we look to encourage and support not only in the way we deliver our Programme, but also in the projects we support.

Our experience of the 2008-2013 Programme has shown that LEADER can make a real difference to the daily lives of people in rural areas.  It can play an important role in encouraging innovative responses to old and new rural problems, building local capabilities and testing out new ways of meeting the needs of rural communities.

In England LEADER is delivered as part of the Rural Development Programme (RDP), which is administered by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).  The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme is one of 80 Programmes in England.

More information about the other LEADER Programmes in England can be found here.


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