Is it eligible?
LEADER is not a grant making programme. It will support activity which will test and develop new ideas and ways of working. In order to do this pre-development work LEADER can support:
- Mentoring/Expertise – revenue costs for people who can provide particular kinds of support to organisations and groups to help them develop their own skills and expertise. This is a different approach to training.
- Training – revenue costs, though some small items of equipment might fall within the scope of training, for the development and delivery of more formalised courses to groups of people.
- Research/Feasibility Studies – revenue costs for a combination of staff time and consultancy costs to undertake the background research for a specific problem or issue and the production of a comprehensive written appraisal of the issues, the alternative solutions, the financial costings, a detailed risk analysis and recommendations for the next steps.
- Pilot Projects – small scale or limited term projects to test out a concept or try an innovative technique within the LAG area. Can contain revenue or capital expenditure within the capitalisation limits set out in the guidance.
Each LEADER activity or project can be funded up to a maximum of 70% of the total project costs, therefore at least 30% of the total project costs must be found from other sources.
The 30% match funding may be provided in the form of either cash or in kind contributions from the public, private or third sectors. Please contact the PLANED office on 01834 860965 to verify the eligibility of in kind match funding.
In kind contributions are services, items or products donated to the project by an individual or organisation where no cash transaction took place. All in kind contributions provided as match funding must satisfy the EU funding regulations (copies of regulation leaflets are available on request).
How to apply
If your community, organisation, group or business has an idea for an innovative project, please complete the new ideas form. When we receive your forms we will acknowledge that we have received them. A member of the team will contact you to discuss your idea. If it is eligible you will be invited to complete an expression of Interest form to Arwain Sir Benfro. A member of the team will be able to help you with each step of the process. The Expression of interest form will be considered by Arwain Sir Benfro, and if successful you will be invited to work up a full project application. If you would like to discuss your project please complete the new ideas form or contact PLANED on 01834 860965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project.
Please be aware that any ideas submitted to Arwain Sir Benfro become the intellectual property of the Local Action Group – and as such may be developed and shared in the spirit of LEADER for the benefit of the county.