We welcome enquiries  at any time, until 2019. If you think your project meets local need and at least one of the national priorities we want to hear from you.

Deadlines for new Expressions of Interest – 30/8/2018 and 4/10/2018. 

How to Apply

There are two stages to the application process – an expression of interest and a full application. Before completing the expression of interest form you should look at the Applicant’s Handbook which provides information on the types of projects and costs that could be eligible. We also recommend that you look at our Frequently Asked Questions page. Once you’re ready to complete the outline application form, please contact the Programme Team (, 01305 225525), giving a brief description of your project.  If eligible, we will then send you the expression of interest form. Completed expression of interest forms should be sent to

TIP: Don’t forget to refer to our local priorities in your Expression of Interest.  Find these in the Introduction

How can we help?

  • talk through your project with one of the Programme Team,
  • look at Project hints & tips on the noticeboard 
  • book an application surgery.  Surgeries are short (up to 45 minute) one-to-one chats for people who wish to discuss their project with someone face-to-face rather than over the phone. The surgeries are to help you to establish whether your project could be eligible or answer any questions you may have about the application form.  Booking is essential. To book call 01305 225525 or email
2018 Surgery Venue
16 May Dorchester
14 June Dorchester
10 July Dorchester

When to apply

You can apply at any time.  We will try to consider your expression of interest within 30 working days.   Once an expression of interest has been approved by the LAG an applicant will be given a timetable to submit a full application to the Local Action Group. We will suggest areas for improvement and explain where applicants can get more help and support if needed.

How we approve projects

There is no automatic right to a LEADER grant and not all applications will be successful. Applications are assessed against a range of set criteria by the Local Action Group at both stages and only those which strongly match the requirements of our Local Development Strategy and at least one of the national priorities will be approved.  If an applicant feels their application has been treated unfairly there is an appeals procedure.