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Welcome to Western Somerset LEADER


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 now accepting Outline Applications for funding.

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 3, 2016

We can confirm that the LEADER funding programme is now open for new applications.  

The Chancellor has confirmed that the government will guarantee EU funding and that it is not subject to announcements in the Autumn Statement.

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