More funding for LEADER grants – July 2018

A favourable exchange rate means that the Southern Dorset Local Action Group has more funding for grants to give to rural businesses and communities across west and south Dorset. But time is of the essence to get your grant before Brexit.

Don’t miss out on this last call for projects from the EU funded LEADER programme to grow the rural economy in west Dorset, Purbeck and Portland.

The Local Action Group has already awarded grants to a variety of innovative capital projects, such as:

  • rural businesses expanding and needing some help to create additional space and buy new equipment;
  • projects attracting tourists to venues away from the busy coastline;
  • a new business idea looking for capital investment to start;
  • village residents wanting to create new facilities for the community.

Grants range from £5,000 to £140,000 are available from 40% to 100% of the eligible costs, but projects must be able to finish before the end of September 2019.

Talk to Sarah or Melita from the Dorset LEADER team to find out if your project could be eligible. Call 01305 225525 or find out more about the Southern Dorset Local Action at

Deadlines for Expressions of Interest 30 August 2018 and 4 October 2018.