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Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)


The RDPE is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the UK government, which works to make England's agriculture and forestry sectors more competitive, to improve the quality of life in rural areas and to diversify rural economies.

The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and uses local knowledge to promote a joined-up 'bottom up' community-led delivery of RDPE grants. Acting as the Accountable Body, we manage two LEADER programmes, North Pennine Dales LEADER and Durham Coast and Lowlands LEADER.

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the managing authority for RDPE and has set up a national application process to ensure consistency across England. To be successful, applications must contribute to one or more of DEFRA's 6 priorities for LEADER:

  • to support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
  • to boost rural tourism
  • to increase farm productivity
  • to increase forestry productivity
  • to provide rural services
  • to provide cultural and heritage activities

A Local Action Group (LAG) brings together individuals from local public, private and community sectors and will be responsible for the decision making and establishing direction, strategy and priorities of individual programme. Through an agreed Local Development Strategy, LAGs are able to award grants in order to tackle important local priorities and support projects that create jobs, help business to grow, and benefit the rural economy.

For more information, see LEADER funding.

In partnership with

  • European agricultural Fund for rural development
Contact us
North Pennines Dales LEADER

Durham Coast and Lowlands LEADER
03000 266 894
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