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Durham Coast and Lowlands LEADER


The Durham Coast and Lowlands area covers the majority of East Durham including Castle Eden, Easington and Murton and the south lowlands area of the county including Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe, Ferryhill and Coxhoe. The west boundary includes Sherburn, Shincliffe, Pittington, and East and West Rainton.

Please be aware that Durham Coast and Lowlands LEADER is now closed to new expressions of interest.

Who is eligible?

If you or your organisation falls into one of the categories below, you may be eligible to apply for funding.

  • Farmers
  • Growers
  • Private businesses
  • Public organisations
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Groups of businesses
  • Charities
  • Someone who wants to start a business
  • Private forest holders
  • Forestry contractors

If you or your organisation is not in this list, and you feel that you may be eligible, please contact us for more information.

What can the funding pay for?

Example of items that the funding may be available for:

  • Farming equipment and machinery
  • Construction of improvement to buildings
  • Intangible investments (e.g. specialist computer software)
  • Patents, licenses, copyrights, trademarks
  • General costs, such as architect, engineer or consultant fees
  • Marketing and promotion development

Which areas qualify for funding?

To check if you are in an area that is eligible for funding:

Funding priorities

In addition to being in a qualifying area, your project must fall under one of the priorities below:

  • increasing farm productivity
  • starting or developing a rural micro or small business and supporting farm diversification
  • supporting rural tourism
  • supporting rural services
  • developing or maintaining cultural and heritage

Applications closed

Although Durham Coast and Lowlands LEADER is now closed to new applications, please contact us if you like to discuss rural funding.

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In partnership with

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