LEADER Programme


£1m funding on offer to boost Rutland and Rural Peterborough Economy

The LEADER programme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Opportunity Peterborough and Rutland County Council have secured up to £1m in LEADER funding to support farmers, growers, foresters and other local rural businesses and community organisations to help create jobs, develop rural business and support the rural economy.

Grants worth between £2,500 - £50,000 can be awarded from the LEADER funding programme.

The Local Area Action Group, made up of 14 members from the public, private and third sectors will approve funding for projects.  The LAG aims:

“To achieve a vibrant, sustainable and diverse rural economy that builds on the area’s wealth of natural, cultural and heritage assets and is characterised by a high quality of life, a varied landscape and has a sense of place and inclusive and connected communities”

Please click here to view the 2018 LAG meeting dates.

£128,100 has already been awarded leaving £872,900 available for businesses or community groups based in the rural Peterborough or Rutland area.

Read about the projects that have already received grants:

How do I apply?

LEADER will fund farmers, growers, foresters and other local rural businesses and rural community organisations to help:

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

Applications can be made for grants of £2,500 - £50,000.

Projects should have a local strategic fit, the Local Development Strategy which can be found HERE explains this in more detail.

Follow the steps below to check your eligibility for funding:

1. Are you located within the Peterborough and Rutland LEADER programme area?

Click HERE to view the LEADER area map. The mapped area includes eligible rural areas of Peterborough, Rutland, Yaxley and Farcet. If you are still unsure whether you are located within the rural Peterborough and Rutland area, email sheila.o'brien@opportunitypeterborough.co.uk

2. If you are in the Peterborough and Rutland LEADER area and meet one of the six priority areas as listed below and in the Local Development Strategy:

  • Increase farm productivity
  • Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification
  • Boost rural tourism
  • Provide rural services
  • Provide cultural and heritage activity
  • Increased forestry productivity

3. Complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form. Before doing this please read the applicant handbook and the guide to completing the EOI.


LEADER is one stream of funding available, the ESIF strategy which can be found HERE places LEADER in context alongside other EU funding available locally, including via the Rural Development programme.

If you have an idea or a project that will help to boost the rural Peterborough and Rutland economies by creating or sustaining jobs, growing the visitor economy or strengthening our rural communities, please contact Sheila O'Brien at Opportunity Peterborough, on:

e: sheila.o'brien@opportunitypeterborough.co.uk

t: 01733 317 404
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