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A Community Led Approach to Sustainable Rural Development


Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme has been set up to build a sustainable community and economy that capitalises on the area’s environment, landscape, culture and heritage.

Our Calls for Projects and how to apply

Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

LEADER remains open for applications up to the point we leave the EU.  Great news for the rural Yorkshire Dales.


The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme is accepting applications. Please look at the "Am I Eligible to Apply?" checklist first, and see below if there is an Invitation relevant to your funding requirement.

Basic Equipment for Farming and Forestry that we can and cannot fund is here.

The OUTLINE APPLICATION (excel format) is in our Download Library.

Guidance on how to complete the Outline Application (expression of interest) is in the National LEADER Applicant Handbook.

Please refer to the National LEADER Applicant Handbook for full details of the LEADER Programme and National Guidelines.


LEADER Funding and Timescales:


Invitations to Apply :



Outline Application Deadline dates


Executive Decision Date Meetings





Dales Farm Capital Grant



Forestry Capital Grant


Micro, Small Enterprise and Farm Diversification Capital Grant


Yorkshire Dales Tourism, Heritage and Culture Capital Grant


Sustain and Enhance Rural Services Grant









Applications are assessed on a first come first served basis.

Please note this Programme will close when all the grant is awarded

















18th January 2017

22nd February 2017

4th April 2017

24th May 2017

26th July 2017

19th September 2017

22nd November 2017






If you fit our criteria, fill out an Outline Application (in our download library) and refer to our Advice note on completing it here


The Application process:

LEADER is a two stage application process:

1: The Outline Application form (this is in our DOWNLOAD LIBRARY and is an EXCEL document). This is an expression of interest and not a grant application.

2: The Full Grant Application form is issued by the Programme Co-ordinator should the Outline Application be successful. A sample Full Application can be found here.



LEADER is a very competitive grants process. The Full Application is scored during the Appraisal process, and we recommend you read about this as you complete the Full Application. We hold workshops to help you complete this form also and strongly recommend that you attend.

The form that is used by the Appraisor to score the project can be found here. The Guidance note the Appraisor follows to appraise the application is found here.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL supporting documents and quotes supplied by an applicant as part of the Full Application submission are thoroughly checked and verifed.

Priority is given to projects that are distinctive, innovative, involve wide partnership working, represent good value for money and have the potential to leave a lasting legacy to the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area.

Projects must be of benefit to the economy in our area. 70% of the projects that we will fund must involve direct economic benefit and job creation. 

We cannot invest in Capital Projects that fall outside the LEADER status area.

See the Defra guide on how to manage a successful LEADER Project here




At the Full Application stage, please take extra care in getting quotes for the items to be funded. We check each quote very thoroughly and will reject a cost item if the quote is unsatisfactory. Once a Full Application has been submitted we will not allow submission of any "re-quotes" should a quote be unsatisfactory.

The guidance on quotes is in the National Applicant Handbook. The extract is included below also.

"Quotations for items of expenditure

Applicants need to send quotes, references to webpages or catalogue listings that prove they’ll get the best value when buying goods and services that they intend to claim for.

This table explains how many quotes, catalogue or webpage references are needed, depending on the value of each item. (These thresholds are based on what the applicant will actually pay – so if they are VAT registered and able to reclaim VAT, it will be the net price of the item; if they have proved that they are not VAT registered and will be claiming irrecoverable VAT as part of the project, it will be the gross cost i.e. net + VAT)


Value of item or service

How to show value for money

£1,500 or less

2 quotes or references to 2 catalogue listings (including online suppliers)

£1,501 to £10,000

3 quotes or references to 3 catalogue listings (including online suppliers)

£10,001 - £50,000

3 quotes or 2 quotes and a reference to a catalogue listing (including online suppliers)

£50,001 or more


Quotes Requirements

All catalogue listings, webpages or quotes will be scrutinised to make sure that they are genuine and independent of each other. The submission of fraudulent information is a criminal offence and could result in prosecution.

All submitted prices, whether catalogue listings, webpages or quotes must come from:

  • different suppliers that trade as standalone businesses and are not linked through shared ownership; and
  • a business that’s independent from the applicant or their business.

They must be:

  • for items that are comparable to each other in terms of quality, size, quantity, units and specification;
  • from the last 6 months and still valid; and

References to catalogue listings or web pages should be print-outs or photocopies. They should include:

  • the date when they were printed or copied;
  • the item description and the price;
  • the name of the company or catalogue; and
  • the page number or webpage address

Quotes must include:

  • a detailed and itemised breakdown of costs;
  • the supplier’s address, telephone number;
  • the supplier’s company registration number (if they are a limited company).

It is also preferable for quotes from VAT registered suppliers to include the VAT number. If this isn’t possible then applicants will be asked to provide the VAT number separately.

 Quotes must be

  • put together by suppliers within an identified timeframe and follow a detailed and itemised specification provided by the applicant
  • made out to the applicant business - online quotes should also be addressed to the business.

The RDPE Programme requires applicants to get the best value for money for any equipment, so applicants will need to give a detailed justification if they haven’t used the cheapest quotes. Quotes may be checked against market rates.

The following reasons will not be accepted as sufficient justification for why the applicant has not used the cheapest quote:

  • the location of the supplier;
  • the fact they have bought from a supplier before; or
  • any offers the supplier makes about future service or maintenance of equipment.

If applicants provide fewer than the number of quotes  specified in the table above, they will need to demonstrate that there are no other alternative suppliers available, either domestically or globally and that the quote selected represents value for money and is fit for the purpose of the project."




Who can apply?



LEADER can support a wide range of applicants, including:


  • Small and micro Businesses
  • Community/Voluntary groups
  • Social Enterprise
  • Parish councils
  • Registered charities
  • Local authorities

Am I in the LEADER area?

The projects that can be supported must lie within and have an economic benefit to the rural communities and businesses within the Yorkshire Dales LEADER status area. Check if you are in our area on this site: http://www.magic.gov.uk/MagicMap.aspx


  1. Go to magic.gov.uk
  2. Accept the terms and conditions of use
  3. In the Table of Contents on the left of the screen, tick Administrative Geographies
  4. Click on the ‘+’ sign next to Other Administrative Boundaries and when the options are presented, select Rural Development Fund eligibility for LEADER groups (England)
  5. In the ‘Map Search’ at the top left of the page, click on the triangle in the white box and select ‘Postcodes’
  6. Enter the postcode of the project and click on the search icon in that box. The map should zoom to the relevant area
  7. Click on the ‘I’ information icon in the centre of the Feature Tools at the top of the screen and then click in the blue box on the map

A box with the Site Check Results will appear showing the name of the relevant LEADER area and, if the postcode is in a rural area, the LEADER name and code under ‘Rural areas’ section. If the postcode is NOT in an eligible rural area, this section will state, “No features found”.




Can I claim back the grant over several years?

– No, the Call for Applications will always say when we expect all the grant to be claimed back by. Usually there is a maximum limit of 12 months to claim the Capital grant from the time your project starts. If you then wish to apply for further funds towards another  element of your project later on, you are welcome to do so.


Can you fund construction costs under Farm Productivity?

- No, I regret not. LEADER is not permitted to fund construction, acquisition or improvement to immovable property, including slurry stores. Any questions on eligibility, please contact me.