The BNED LEADER Approach is now open for business and invites projects to apply for funding

The BNED LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) has been awarded €1,713,000 of European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development (EAFRD) through the Rural Development Programme for England for the funding of rural projects in the local area. This represents a Sterling equivalent of approximately £1,370,000 (this figure may alter in line with Euro exchange rates).

Funding will still be available until such time as the UK exits the European Union.

Support for Micro and Small Businesses






What the Grants are for:

Funds under this priority will be used to provide grants for:

  • developing or starting rural micro and small businesses
  • farm diversification projects for example - 

- agricultural contracting services using technologies eligible under priority 1a or 1b

- farm shops 

Who Can Apply?

These grants are for:

  • People who want to start a business in the Local Action Group (LAG) area
  • Farming or horticultural businesses that want to diversify into non-farming or non-horticultural activities
  • Micro and small businesses including social enterprises in the LAG area

Who Can't Apply?

The following are not eligible for the grants:

  • non-departmental public bodies
  • Crown bodies 

How Much Funding is Available?

In this priority, grants to commercial projects intended to make a surplus are awarded under industrial de minimis state aid rules and to a maximum of 40% of the project's eligible costs.  The minimum grant award is £3,500. 

Grant Funding Can Help Pay For:

  • Starting a new business
  • Developing an existing business
  • Diversifying into non-agricultural or non-horticultural activities 

Costs Could Include:

  • Constructing and/or improving buildings
  • Buying new and second hand equipment and machinery

The following costs are also eligible, if they form part of a larger project to be funded:

  • Architect, engineer or consultant fees related to the project (as long as these don't add up to more than 15% of the project's total eligible costs)
  • Buying or developing a dedicated piece of computer software (but not an off the shelf piece of software like Microsoft Office)
  • Patents, licences, copyrights or trademarks
  • Landscaping, when it is 'making good' as part of a larger construction project
  • Developing of marketing materials, but not their production or distribution