Leader Programme


The LEADER programme is a source of funding for rural businesses from the EU and Defra through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). A funding pot of £1.5 million has been allocated for the period 2015 - 2020 to the Chilterns LEADER Programme.


Rural businesses located in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can apply for grants between £5,000 and £50,000. The Chilterns LEADER programme has a broad range of priorities including supporting farm diversification, provision of rural services, sustainable tourism, forest productivity and historic landscapes. More detail on the priorities can be found on the LEADER website.

Those eligible to apply for funds include:

  • Farmers
  • Foresters
  • Growers
  • Other rural businesses
  • Community organisations

The Chilterns LEADER grants programme is being managed by ngage.

Leader Programme - how to apply  including submitting an Expression of Interest in funding for a project

For more information contact the Chilterns LEADER Office on 01494 568969