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Welcome to Western Somerset LEADER

LEADER funding in the Western Somerset area is either fully committed or close to being fully committed.


Defra and the RPA are actively considering the scope to make additional funding available. In the meantime, some projects that are eligible for LEADER might also be eligible for funding through other Rural Development Programme schemes, such as Countryside Productivity or the Growth Programme. More details about these schemes can be obtained from Gov.uk or from your local Rural Payments Agency office.


Please be aware that the application process can take around 4 months so if you are in the planning stages please contact us so that we can provide you with further guidance before proceeding.

This programme has a strong economic focus, which will work towards supporting economic growth and Job creation in Western Somerset.  It is hoped that the fund will deliver over £1m of grants to the area.  

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.

Latest News
Nov 30, 2017

Western Somerset LEADER is accepting applications for investment into business expansion, job creation and/or projects that benefit the wider economy of Western Somerset

Nov 30, 2017

Are you a trained appraiser for the LEADER Programme - we are currently recruiting for our bank of appraisers

Apr 11, 2017

Western Somerset LEADER is seeking additional Executive Committee members


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