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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

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme is now inviting applications under all of our priority areas, including farm productivity, forestry productivity and rural services.


Our Invitations to apply for LEADER funding and our deadline dates to apply by are published in the table below.

All the invitations to apply for LEADER funding can be downloaded below. Please read these invitations carefully.


The Outline Application Form and Outline Application Guidance can be downloaded from our Download Library.


If there are any issues please contact the Programme Co-ordinator rima.berry@ydmt.org



Invitations to Apply for LEADER Funding and Timescales:

Final deadline to submit an Outline Application for all LEADER funding in 2016  is 25th July 2016

Invitations to Apply :



Outline Application Deadline dates


Full application Deadline dates for


Executive Decision Date Meetings


Yorkshire Dales Enterprise Scheme (farm diversification)




Yorkshire Dales Capital Tourism Grant


Upland Farm Capital Grant Scheme


Forestry Capital Grant Scheme


Micro and Small Enterprise Capital Grant Scheme


Integrated Rural Mobility Grant






25th July




25th July






5th Sept




5th Sept

16th November 2016




16th Nov



A Full list of Equipment that may be funded for applications seeking to improve farm productivity or forestry productivity can be found here

The Application process:

If you think your project idea fits within the Invitations to apply for funding , visit our Download Library to download the Outline Application Form (the document is in excel)  and the Advice Note on filling in the Outline Application.

There is a two stage application process:

1: The Outline Application form (downloaded from here ), with the Advice Note details what is needed to complete the Outline Application.

2: If the Outline Application is eligible and complete, the Full Application form is issued by the Programme Co-ordinator. A sample Full Application can be found here.



LEADER is a very competitive grants process. The Full Application will be scored during the Appraisal process, we recommend you read this as you complete the Full Application. 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.

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; job creation. 

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

Want to know more about how to manage a successful LEADER Project? See our guide here



If you need assistance in finding further funding, this is also available from the Programme Coordinator.

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.

Will there be other LEADER Calls?

 - Yes. Our LEADER Programme will run from now until 2020. During each year there will be several calls under our local priorities, until all of our funding has been allocated.

Is there a Call under Farm Productivity?

- Not yet. We intend to Call for Applications under both Farm Productivity, Forestry Productivity and Rural Services later on in 2016. Watch this space smile