LEADER funding in some areas is either fully committed
or close to being fully committed, and the Wealden and Rother Rural
Partnership is one such area. Defra and RPA are actively considering the
scope to make additional funding available. In the meantime, some projects
that are eligible for LEADER might also be eligible for funding through
other Rural Development Programme schemes, such as Countryside Productivity
or the Growth Programme. More details about these schemes can be obtained
from Gov.uk or from your local Rural Payments Agency office, or through the
The closing date for Expressions of Interest for the
Growth Programme is 31st May 2018 and for grants over £35,000
under the Countryside Productivity Scheme, the closing date varies from 3rd
April 2018 for Forestry applications to 3rd December 2018 for
Farm Productivity applications.
For farmers, the Countryside Productivity Small Grant
Scheme has recently been launched for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000.
There is a much simpler, one-stage online application process, but
applications have to be received by 14th March 2018. Further
details are available at:
At present, the Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership is
unable to accept further Expressions of Interest, but if you would like to
discuss your project, please contact Don Cranfield on 01273 892031.
Please note: Applicants
who have already been invited to submit a Full Application are not affected
by this situation.