Posted on 30 January 2016

The LEADER Scheme is a part of the Rural Development Programme for (RPDE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund which for Rural Development (EAFRD). Under LEADER, Local Action Groups (LAGs) can allocate funding to local businesses and organisations to help carrying projects which help create jobs in the rural area.

Money is awarded to LAG which can be given to local businesses and organisations that apply for it. The Rural Payment Agency (RPA) manages the LEADER scheme nationally and will make the payments to successful applicants.

Applications can be made by private, public businesses or voluntary organisations such as:

  • Farmers
  • Growers
  • Foresters
  • Other rural businesses
  • Someone wanting to start a business

Grants are available for a range of activities which support at least one of the six LEADER priorities.

  • Support to increase farm productivity
  • Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification
  • Support for rural tourism
  • Provisions of rural services
  • Support for cultural and heritage activity
  • Support for increasing forestry productivity

Follow the links for more information on support to increase farm productivity.

LEADER Equipment for Farm Productivity

MAGIC Postcode Checker UG

NPD Handbook FINAL

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