LEADER is a grant programme from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). Its aim is to improve the rural economy and quality of life for people living and working in the Rural Surrey area. A LEADER grant is available to farmers, foresters, community enterprises and rural-based businesses.

The Rural Surrey LEADER Programme is run by a Local Action Group comprising people from land-based business, commerce, public and charity sectors in the area. The Local Action Group sets the priority themes and makes the grant award decisions. 

How much money can you ask for?

LEADER awards grants from £2,500 to £50,000( some projects may be funded in excess of £50,000) – mainly for capital projects. A maximum of 40% of total costs is a typical award. However, different grant rates apply, depending on the applicant and the nature of the proposals.

Rural Surrey LEADER 2015 to 2020

The current LEADER programme was launched in November 2015 and will run through till 2020. 

Rural Surrey LEADER has been awarded £1.642million to benefit the Rural Surrey area and this funding is focussed on creating new jobs in the rural area and improving the local rural economy.

There is currenly only one LEADER programme within Surrey.

Rural Surrey LEADER was formerly known as Surrey Hills LEADER, which ran from 2008 to 2013.  See our success stories of past projects. 

Priority areas

The new programme is focused upon creating jobs and economic growth and has 6 priority areas for investment:

If you have a project which fits within the themes above and would like to discuss it, please get in touch with us by emailing an outline of your project to ruralsurreyleader@surreycc.gov.uk

See the Rural Surrey LEADER - Local Development Strategy.