How To Make An Application


As of 21 November 2018, the Programme has opened a short window of opportunity for new applications under the Micro / Small Business and Farm Diversification and Rural Tourism priorities.  Applicants are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest as soon as possible and if approved, Full Applications will need to be submitted by 5.00pm on 15 February 2019.

Please be aware that the remaining funds in the Programme will be subject to strong competition, however we will retain the existing procedures to allocate funds.  This means:

  • A project will only be allocated funding when we receive a fully complete and eligible Full Application form, funding remains available and the Panel approves the application.  Any Full Applications submitted MUST be fully completed and all supporting information required provided.  Applications with information missing or incomplete will be returned.
  • All decision will be made in May 2019.
  • The level of competition should not be underestimated, so work on the application is at your own risk.
  • We will continue to work with the RPA to request further funding, however current indications are that this is unlikely.
  • If your application is also eligible for another grant, then we would encourage you to apply to that funder rather than LEADER.


Applications for funding will only be accepted if they relate to one of the two calls for projects open – Rural Tourism and Micro / Small Business and Farm Diversification.

We are operating a two stage application process starting with an Expression of Interest (EoI) Form.  If your EoI has been fully completed and is found to be eligible to proceed through the Completeness and Eligibility Check completed by the Programme Manager, you will then be invited to make a Full Application.  The results of these checks along with feedback on your EoI will be provided within 10 working days of your submission.

If invited to proceed to the Full Application stage, applicants will be provided with a Full Application Form and Guidance Notes.  A sample of these documents can be viewed by clicking the links.  Applicants will also be reminded that the deadline for Full Applications to be submitted is no later than 5.00pm on 15 February 2019.

EoI’s should be submitted at as soon as possible.  Applications considered to be eligible will be invited to make a Full Application.  Completed Full Applications will then be considered by the Executive Group in May 2019.

Levels of demand will be communicated as early as possible in order to reduce the risk to prospective applicants.


It is highly advisable that you either or call Amy on 01439 772700 or email to discuss your project in advance of completing the EoI Form.


A copy of the Outline Application Form and Guidance notes can be downloaded from below but please ensure you read the Guidance Notes, Call for Projects document and the relevant sections of this website carefully before completing and submitting your EoI.

Call for Projects

Am I Eligible to Apply?

Applicant Handbook

Eligible / Ineligible Items Under Farm Productivity and Forestry Productivity*

Expression of Interest Form Guidance Notes

LEADER EOI Form (Nov ’18)


*Please note that this list is intended as a guide only at this stage and has not been finalised – it is possible further items may be added or removed.  If you have any questions please check directly with the Programme – tel: 01439 772700 or email

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