Schemes that are eligible vary around the country. LAGs decide which projects they will fund in their area. This depends on their priorities but all projects must support one or more of the six LEADER priorities to:
1. support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
2. boost rural tourism
3. increase farm productivity
4. increase forestry productivity
5. provide rural services
6. provide cultural and heritage activities
For some applicants, already struggling with the Basic Payment Scheme registration problems and altered deadlines, looking at the LEADER project may be a step too far. However, LEADER in its current phase lasts until 2021 and it’s important that those with potentially qualifying schemes do not neglect its possibilities.
The slow broadband speeds still endured in many rural areas can make even downloading the maps to show geographic coverage a lengthy process and each body works to its own website design so it’s not always straightforward discovering information for applicants close to or straddling boundaries. The advice is to persevere as this funding really could be a lifeline for projects that fail to qualify for aid in other rural schemes.
More information, including a boundary map for the different groups, can be found by clicking here.