How to Apply

The Essex Rivers LEADER grant is now open.

Are you a:

  • micro or small business based in a rural area
  • farmer
  • forester
  • community organisation in a rural area
  • charity
  • new-start rural business

Will your project:

  • create jobs
  • develop and grow a rural business
  • support the rural economy

If you can say ‘yes’ to at least one point in each of these lists, you may be able to apply to us for funding.

You should download and read the applicant handbook before contacting us.  Once you’ve read the relevant parts, please give us a call on 01376 574339 to discuss your project further. If we feel that your organisation and project are eligible, we will send you an Expression of Interest form to complete.

There are two stages to the application process – an Expression of Interest and a Full Application.  Applications are assessed at both stages and only the highest-scoring at the Full Application stage will be successful.

Top Tips to help you with your Application:

Sell us your idea:  Explain really clearly what your project does and how it will benefit the economy. It’s hard for us to justify giving you a grant if we don’t understand your project.

Don’t ask for the full amount if you don’t need it: Just because you can get 40% of your costs covered, don’t ask for that amount if you don’t need it. As long as you stay below the maximum, you cal tell us what grant rate you want.

Show us what the funding will mean to the success of your project: We are obliged to invest public money carefully.  If you can show us that your project is good value for money and that you’re planning to use the money to improve your project, you’re more likely to be successful.

Do the market research: You have to show that there is a real demand for what you want to do, and provide evidence of this.


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