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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.



Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

Pathways to enable access – is the installation of pathways to the Wildlife corridors, to create enhanced access for less able bodied, allowing them to get out of the classroom and farm yard and explore the wildlife areas, which have been created across the farm along side other natural features such as rush pastures, woodland and upland meadows and minimising the impact of this access on the established wildlife and their habitats.


The pathways are at either end of the farm, with the 460m section in the north linking an established track to the lower meadows and pastures located at Hawksheath, showing the denser wooded areas and lusher grassland as opposed to the southern section (1290m) rising from the farm yard through upland and rushy pastures (Keasden Head High Pastures)  towards the moorland at the top of Keasden.  These pathways take you through the diversity of habitat located on an upland farm.

The pathways are 3m wide, with a 125mm crusher run limestone base to a minimum depth of 150mm.  On the southern 1290m section through to Keasden Head High Pastures an additional 80m french drain will be installed to remove the surface water from the pathway.

Work was carried out by a local firm, offering employment to local people for the period it takes to install them.

With these pathways in place the farm is able to increase the number of visits they host to over 1550 people, offering them better and safer access, being fully inclusive for all types of visitors allowing them to access the whole range of habitats that the farm has to offer from 500 foot to 1000 foot.


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Top Ten Tips for Applicants


 1.        Start planning early

If your project is successful you will need to be very organised in order to be able to claim the money.  It is much easier if you understand from the start what you will need to do later.  You can then budget in the costs to your project.  Don’t try to change your project in order to match the funding stream – there will be more appropriate sources of funding out there. Please read carefully the National Issued Applicant Handbook to ensure LEADER is the right fund for your project.

2.        Talk to other similar projects in your area

You may get some good ideas from other projects, and your project is likely to be stronger if you can collaborate with others.


3.        Check the website and guidance notes when completing your form

There is lots of help and information available for you to save you time and make your life easier.  The guidance notes explain a lot about what we are looking for in your application and even give some examples of how to fill in the form. Take time to read them several times to avoid simple mistakes being made. Re-read the National Issued Applicant Handbook.

4.        When writing your application, assume that the reader knows nothing about your organisation or your project

Explain clearly who you are and what you intend to do.  It is fine to use acronyms if you explain them the first time you use them.  Try to see your project from the LEADER panel’s point of view.  What will make them want to fund it? The funding is discretionary, so make full use of the application form.


5.        Make sure you explain exactly what you want the money for

Explain very clearly what you want the money for and how you have arrived at these costs to make sure the decision makers understand your project properly


6.        Include the right skills and expertise in your project team

It won’t help if you try to “make do” – you need to ensure that you have the right skills to carry out your project effectively.  That gives your project the best chance of success, and any professional skills you reasonably need to buy in can also be added to the project costs.

7.        Every section of the application form will be considered when making the final decision

For example, evidence of need helps to show why you need to carry out the project at all. The options appraisal helps show how you came to the conclusion that the project proposal is the best way to meet these needs.  The risk assessment demonstrates that you have really thought the project through and are realistic about what could go wrong and how you would deal with it.

8.        It will help to provide additional information with your form

If you have them, your environmental and equal opportunities policies will help show that you take our cross cutting themes seriously.  You may want to include letters of support if approporiate.  All Capital projects will be expected to provide architect’s plans. 


9.        Grants are paid in arrears, so make sure you can cover cashflow

You will have to pay the invoices in relation to your project before you can claim the money back from us, so make sure you have a way of paying them in the first place.

10.    Your project sponsor is there to help you –

Rima.berry@ydmt.org or 015242 51002