Staffordshire LEADER Programme is now CLOSED

Please email cmb.leader@staffordshire.gov.uk with proposal details if you have any imminent projects; include contact info, post code, planning consent and costs.

We will hold your information if any of our projects in progress drop out and we have funding available to open.


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

In 2015 Defra announced that following a competitive bidding process, the Staffordshire LEADER Local Action Group was 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.

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.

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Map of qualifying area. View our interactive map, it identifies all the areas  that are eligible.

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Staffordshire LEADER

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 contact the Staffordshire LEADER Team at cmb.leader@staffordshire.gov.uk or return to this website, which will be regularly updated when further information becomes available.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

At the point of submitting an EOI, evidence will need to be submitted that shows that the project is able to commence.
Those projects invited to full application must be able to apply with the following information confirmed:
• If required, full planning consent must be in place.
• Match funding with relevant evidence must be secured.
• Projects must be contracted by 28 June 2019 and all grant funding claimed by October 2020.
If your project doesn’t meet the above requirements, your application won’t progress to the full application stage.

Please see the Call for Bids page for more information.

If this programme is currently CLOSED – please contact the LEADER Programme Team at cmb.leader@staffordshire.gov.uk with basic details of your project idea and business/site post code to request an Expression of Interest. Please see the application process here.

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 Expression of Interest 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.