Staffordshire LEADER Programme

Staffordshire LEADER Programme – Call for Bids Now Closed

Please note that the Staffordshire LEADER Call for Bids is currently closed.

Details of the third bidding round will be published here in the Autumn.

Details of how to apply can be found here and should be read in conjunction with the LEADER Applicant Handbook.

If you think your project idea fits within the Staffordshire LEADER Approach and is within the LEADER programme area and you can answer the basic eligibility questions.

 Please contact the Programme Team before completing an Outline Application Form –

The Programme Team will discuss your project idea with you and assess whether it fits within the Staffordshire LEADER Approach. The Programme team will also go through the application process and will explain what is required of you.

Ian Jackson Staffordshire LEADER Programme


Place Funding,

Staffordshire County Council,

Tel: 01785 854306

Mobile: 07815 827147

Email: or:

About the Staffordshire ‘Communities Mean Business’ LEADER Programme (2014-2020)

The Staffordshire ‘Communities Mean Business’ LEADER programme is funded through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2014-2020 under the LEADER Approach utilising money from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The Programme is designed to develop and deliver projects to rural areas through community led regeneration.

LEADER has been a major initiative for rural development since its launch in 1991 and has allowed rural communities to play an active role in shaping their development.

Communities’ Mean Business is being delivered through a Local Action Group consisting of public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations. Between 2009 and 2013 the programme grant funded over 40 community based projects and awarded £1.12m to rural communities across the LAG area. Combined with additional match-funding, the total investment was more than £2 million.

£2.24 million awarded to the Staffordshire ‘Communities Mean Business’ LEADER Programme (2014-2020)

Defra have announced that following a competitive bidding process, the Staffordshire LEADER Local Action Group has been awarded £2.24 million to deliver its 2014-2020 Local Development Strategy across rural parts of the county (Click here to see if you’re in the qualifying area).

This funding will be used to develop projects for local businesses, farms and communities across rural Staffordshire to help improve its rural economy.

Click any of the titles below for more information plus the ability to download an information sheet


 Support for increasing farm productivity

TickSupport for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification

TickSupport for rural tourism

TickProvision of rural services

TickSupport for cultural and heritage activity

TickSupport for increasing forestry productivity

Please Click here to see if you’re in the LEADER qualifying area

For further details about the programme and how to apply for funding, please either contact the Staffordshire LEADER Support Officer at or return to this website, which will be regularly updated when further information becomes available.