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How to apply for LEADER funding


Find out how to apply for LEADER funding to help your organisation develop, diversify and grow in rural areas across County Durham.

Please me aware that LEADER funding is now closed to expressions of interest.

LEADER has a two stage application process:

  1. an expression of interest and
  2. a full application 

Both stages will be assessed by the relevant Local Action Group (LAG).

Before you start to complete an application for funding we recommend you read the handbook for the LEADER area you fall into before you make an application. If you are not sure which area you are in you can check your postcode using the governments  MAGIC postcode checker (we recommend you view or download our  Icon for pdf MAGIC postcode checker user guide (PDF, 1.9mb)   which will help you use the site) or contact us with your postcode and we will check for you.

We also recommend that you contact us to discuss your project or idea, so we can guide you on how best to apply.

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In partnership with

  • European agricultural Fund for rural development
  • Leader
Contact us
Durham Coast and Lowlands LEADER
03000 262 618

North Pennines Dales LEADER
03000 266 895
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