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Leader Funding Programme

The Programme is now open for applications and will run until 2020. We have £1.2m for projects that will create jobs and economic growth in the following areas:

Priority 1: Support for increasing farm productivity
Priority 2: Support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification
Priority 3: Support for Rural Tourism
Priority 4: Provision of rural services
Priority 5: Support for cultural and heritage
Priority 6: Increasing forestry

More information on each of the priorities can be found here.

The Local Action Group is also up and running. The Local Action Group is a mixture of local public, private and voluntary organisations who have come together to deliver the Local Development Strategy for Northern Lincolnshire.

The group meets on a quarterly basis to make decisions on project applications, monitor budgets and review progress of the Local Development Strategy to ensure the priorities are being delivered.

How to apply

The LEADER Funding Programme is aimed farmers, foresters, businesses and community groups within rural North and North East Lincolnshire to help;

  • Create jobs
  • Develop rural businesses
  • Support the rural economy

Application Process

The Application Process has a 2 stage approval process;

Stage 1 – Outline Application– this is completed and returned to the LEADER Programme Coordinator to assess eligibility and the fit with local priorities. If your project passes this stage you will be then invited to stage 2. Outline Applications can be submitted at any time and the forms can be downloaded on the right.

Stage 2 – Full Application – these will issued by invitation only and need to be returned on the date below.

Full Application Guidance can be downloaded here. It is strongly recommended that you go through the handbook in-depth to check that your application meets the criteria of the Funding and the local priorities. If you are unsure of anything in relation to your application, please contact the LEADER Programme Coordinator.

The Local Development Strategy for the Northern Lincolnshire LEADER Programme can be downloaded on the right. 

Application Deadlines Dates:

We will be having application rounds, quarterly throughout the year. The dates for 2017/18 are below:

Application Deadline    Decision Date

Application Deadline               Decision Date

2 August 2018                        26 September 2018
4 October 2018                      28 November 2018

LEADER Programme Coordinator
Special Projects and Programmes Team
North Lincolnshire Council
Civic Centre
Ashby Road
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1AB

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01724 297768

The funding is being made available through the Northern Lincolnshire RDPE LEADER programme (Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.


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