Training and support

Some LEADER areas have partly funded a website to provide extra support to help you apply for a grant. The website provides:

  • Aan explanation of the LEADER grant;
  • Help in choosing the right grant measure for your project;
  • Help in creating a business plan for your project and the longer term;
  • Step-by-step guidance through the application process;
to give you the best chance of getting a rural grant.
Tourism and Heritage

Examples of projects could be:

  • Converting a barn into accommodation,
  • Creating walks, signage and viewpoints,
  • Eco tourism,
  • Education and information,
  • Leisure activities.
Small or new businesses

Examples of projects could be:

  • Starting a day nursery,
  • Providing training support,
  • Village shops,
  • Equestrian pursuits.
Our details

if your area is not listed on the contact us, do ask them to call us to find out how easy and cost-effective it is for them to give you this support.

Edward Beckmann
Interweave Now Ltd
07715 539386

Rural grants for tourism and small or micro businesses

Grant funding is looking to develop new visitor and tourism attractions, accommodation and help new or small businesses that affect the rural economy

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Tourism and visitor attractions

For tourism and visitor attractions the grant funding can help with creating accommodation, facilities, activities, using the natural heritage or environment to provide interest in rural areas. The funding is not for upgrading, but for creating new, restoring or widening the scope and interest of existing facilities.

Small busineses

If you already operate a small business or are thinking about working for yourself or starting a business, LEADER grant funding may support you to research, develop or grow into new operations if they will benefit the rural economy. The aim is to increase your chances of success, both in applying for a rural grant useful and in the results of your project.

In all cases the funding is to develop from scratch, develop a wider range or market or restore.

What about the training and help in making an application?

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Firstly, your local grant funding team are there to help and guide you as much as they can - remember, they are from your rural area and really care about seeing projects succeed. Many have factsheets and websites that are invaluable so use them first. Additionally, there is a restricted part of this site that has been developed partly with LEADER funding. There are more details on the getting help page, but essentially the website provides a step-by-step process from clarifying your idea to working out the finances, which you can use at any time of day or night. The main author is Ed Beckmann of Interweave Now Ltd. He has had years of experience helping people in rural areas to start a business or gain more customers, and as appraiser for several LEADER areas he knows what makes a good LEADER funding application.

Call the LEADER team in your area to discuss your ideas.