To be eligible to apply for Essex Rivers LEADER funding, applicants will need to operate within the Essex Rivers LAG area (please see map). We also have a Postcode Finder service, so if you are unsure whether your project is within the relevant area, please call us and we will let you know. If you are not in the Essex Rivers area, you may well sit in a different LAG area and we will be able to advise who you should contact.

LEADER will fund farmers, growers, foresters, other rural businesses and community organisations to help create jobs, develop and grow rural businesses and support the rural economy. Any project must address at least one of the following priorities:

  • Increase farm productivity
  • Support micro and small businesses and/or farm diversification
  • Boost rural tourism
  • Provide rural services
  • Provide cultural and heritage activities
  • Increase forestry productivity

Essex Rivers LAG has drawn up the Local Development Strategy for the area.  This document details the specific issues, geographic and economic, enjoyed by the area and gives some ideas of how best to manage them.


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