Applying for Funding

Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER will fund farmers, rural businesses and rural communities to help:

  • Create jobs
  • Develop rural businesses
  • support the rural economy.

The amount of funding available depends on:

  • Type of project
  • size of business
  • the costs involved (not all costs of a project may qualify for funding)

To see if your project idea qualifies for funding

  1. Check that the project is within the Local Action Area (LAG) by referring to the LAG map
  2. View the LEADER measures, the support that can be funded and what is and is not eligible

If after reading the above you wish to make an application the following document shows you how to apply and the processes:

How to apply

LEADER Handbook – Handbook April 2017

An Expression of Interest Form can be accessed here

Guidance information available here

Should your project Expression of Interest form be of interest to the Programme Manager you will be sent a full application form.

Contact for further information.

Some other sources of business advice and/or funding are:

Signpost2grow  gives local businesses access to a wide range of business support, advice, grants and events aimed at helping businesses to grow and develop.Signpost 2 Grow is led by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in partnership with local public and private sector partners. Find government-backed support and finance for business, including

  • grants
  • finance and loans
  • business support e.g. mentoring, consultancy
  • funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups

Foundation East are a membership organisation that lends money to business owners across the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and neighbouring areas, offering loans up to £100,000 to both start up and growing enterprises. They provide help and support with completing the application forms and business plan templates.

Fredricks Foundation  Cambridgeshire has got together with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to harness each other’s strengths. With the benefit of RGF funding the Community Foundation will use their fundraising expertise to generate capital for Fredericks to then lend to people within Cambridgeshire so that they may start up or grow their businesses.

Country Landowners Association (CLA) East provides services and rural representation for members in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

Agri-Tech East  is an independent, business-focussed cluster organisation, to improve the international competitiveness and sustainability of plant-based agriculture and horticulture.

Social Enterprise East of England SEEE is the membership organisation for social enterprises in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

GRANTFinder is the UK’s leading grants and policy database and includes details in excess of 8,000 funding opportunities.

Funding Central lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities for voluntary organisations and social enterprises registered in England. There’s also a wealth of tools and guides supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy.

LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.The 2016 LIFE Call is provisionally planned to be published during the second half of May.To find out more go to:

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