Rural Business Funding

LEADER is a rural businesses support service designed to create jobs and support the rural economy.

To obtain grant funding, projects must contribute to one or more of LEADER’s six national priority areas – support for:

  • Increased Farm Productivity;
  • Micro and Small Enterprises and Farm Diversification;
  • Rural Tourism;
  • Provision of Rural Services;
  • Increasing Forestry Productivity; and
  • Cultural and Heritage Activity .

The LEADER programme has been running across England for more than 10 years and a new round of grant funding is now operating across North and West Northamptonshire, with grants from £5,000 up to £180,000 now available.

Examples of recent LEADER-funded projects in Northants include:

For more information on how to apply for rural business funding, visit