- LEADER grants are paid in arrears and can only be claimed after the work is done and paid for.
- If an application is successful and the project is approved for funding the LAG will send the applicant a grant offer letter. It will explain when the project can start, terms and conditions and how to claim the grant. You cannot claim for any expenditure incurred before the start date agreed in your offer letter.
- The grant will be claimed in agreed stages, typically quarterly, through a claim form and supporting information. The grant will be paid directly to the applicant by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). You will need to register with the RPA to submit a full application.
- Applicants must meet the terms set out in their grant offer letter. If they don’t, the grant may be withdrawn, a penalty may be applied by deducting payment from a grant, some – or all – of any grant monies already paid may be recovered.
- LEADER funding comes from Europe and the UK Treasury, so a variety of bodies are entitled to inspect projects and project documentation at any time with a minimum of advance notice. As well as LAG officers, these bodies include RPA, the National Audit Office, European Commission and European Court Auditors. In an inspection, they’ll check that projects meet all terms, conditions and timings from the grant offer letter. Facilitating inspections is a condition of any funding offer.
More information about Grants and Claiming can be found in the LEADER Applicant Handbook