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Welcome to Western Somerset LEADER

Due to the EU Referendum, because of the restrictions placed on publicity and promotion, no decisions on projects can be taken until after the purdah period (27th May - 23rd June 2016), therefore no meetings will be held during this period.

We will of course still be working with and supporting applicants to develop their applications.


If you are a Business, Land Owner, Farmer, Forester or a Rural Community Group that wants to develop a project then please get in touch.  We are currently building a list of projects ready for the when the programme goes live, as well as looking for new projects for the coming years.

The new programme has a strong economic focus, which will work towards supporting economic growth and Job creation in Western Somerset.  The fund will deliver over £1m of grants to the area over the next 5 years.

For more information on the grants please read the Western Somerset LEADER Handbook - click HERE

LEADER funding is EU money that is allocated via DEFRA for more information take a look at the EU Comission's rural development website.

In Somerset we have four LEADER Groups - Levels & Moors, Western Somerset, Making It Local (Blackdown Hills) and The Heart of Wessex.   Each scheme has slightly different funding priorities however the ‘Measures' that they deliver are set by Europe.

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May 25, 2016

We are unable to acknowledge Outline Applications sent in during the purdah period for the EU Referendum (27 May to 23 June 2016)

You can submit at any time but would not receive a decision until 10 working days after the 24 June 2016.  If for any reason purdah is extended following the Referendum then we will provide further advice at that point.

If you have any queries please get in touch.

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