We are a LEADER Local Action Group, working across west Dorset, Portland and Purbeck awarding grants from the Rural Development Programme at a local level. One of 79 Local Action Groups (LAGs) in England, we are delegated to allocate project funding to rural businesses and community groups to help them create jobs, help businesses to grow or benefit the wider rural economy. A project must be based in the Southern Dorset Local Action Group Area
Applications for LEADER grants from the Southern Dorset Local Action Group are now CLOSED
Funding has been allocated according to six national LEADER Priorities alongside our own strategic priorities which are identified in our Local Development Strategy:
See more about our current grant holders and successful projects
Our work is overseen by the Rural Payments Agency on behalf of Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and our Accountable Body, Dorset Council. We also work closely with the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure our funding complements that of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme.