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Welcome to Western Somerset LEADER

The GROWTH PROGRAMME Round 3 is now open for applications until 16 February 2020.

Grants are available for:
Business Development - including Farm Diversification
Food Processing
Tourism Infrastructure

Further information can be found on the .Gov.uk website:




THE LEADER PROGRAMME IN WESTERN SOMERSET IS NOW CLOSED. Further LEADER funds are not expected to be available in the future, should this situation change this website will be updated accordingly.


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.


This programme has had a strong economic focus, which will work towards supporting economic growth and Job creation in Western Somerset.  The programme has distributed grants of over £1m to around 40 businesses across Western Somerset

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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