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South and East Cornwall LAG Priorities:

  • Supporting growth and development in existing businesses
  • Town Centre and Village Revitalisation
  • Supporting Business Start Ups
  • Improving Business Productivity
  • Developing Business Collaborations
  • Provision of focused business support and advice
  • Making skills, knowledge and entrepreneurship available to all in order to drive growth
  • Enabling Business Activities to improve productivity, sales and jobs

LEADER National Priorities:

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

Projects must deliver at least one priority from both the local and national priorities

The LEADER programme is now closed and we are unable to accept any further project applications.

Alternative funding opportunities are available through the Local Action Groups and their Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme.  For more information about the Programme, eligibility and contact details for the CLLD team please go to:   

NB:  CLLD cannot assist with projects that relate to on-farm productivity, food and drink processing or forestry projects).

In order to achieve DEFRA's LEADER priorities and South and East Cornwall's strategic objectives, the South and East Cornwall LEADER LAG has set 8 specific and deliverable priorities, listed above, that will guide our grant investments and the selection criteria for projects.

At all times priority will be given to projects that deliver growth as a primary output although consideration will also be given to projects that deliver growth as a secondary output as long as this can be proved and measured.

The SELAG have stated that for the year 2017/18 in relation to tourism, they are not looking to support projects which produce additional bedspace. This is due to issues of displacement and therefore their minimal contribution to the Local Development Strategy.

The LAG have now removed the original guidance maximum of £35,000 and will now consider much larger applications (circa £150k grant max) where LEADER is an appropriate funding route and the project contributes to the Local Development Strategy and the programme outputs. Larger grants will only be considered where no duplication of activity planned under the EAFRD Growth Programme, Countryside Productivity and Countryside Stewardship can be demonstrated.

Download the funding guidance

Click on the links to download the Applicant Handbook and Local Development Strategy.  Additional background information can be downloaded below.

Applicant Handbook
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Local Development Strategy
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Additional information

LEADER Delivery Plan
Delivery plan

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The delivery plan is based on the consultation activity that informed the SELAG Local Development Strategy submission as well as further discussions by the SELAG.  It outlines the activities to be delivered to achieve the strategy.

2018 LAG meeting dates

17 January
14 February
28 March
2 May
13 June
25 July
29 August
3 October
7 November

Case studies...

Treway Turkeys
Looe Valley Cycle Trail
Fowey Brewery
Adam Phillips
Approved projects summary (click to open)

Project NameApplicant NameLocationDescriptionGrant ApprovedRDPE Priority
Looe Valley Trail Feasibility and Scoping StudyLooe Development TrustLooeTo look at the feasibility of creating a multi-use cycling and walking trail along the East and West Looe Valleys at East and West Looe Valleys between Liskeard, Looe and Lanhydrock£20,565.503 - Rural Tourism
Installation of a walk in ChillerTreway Farm Cornish TurkeysCoombeTo install a walk in chiller in an old dairy building to facilitate the processing of turkeys £5,747.501 - Increase Farm Productivity
Colwith Farm DistilleryColwith Farm DistilleryTreesmillTo build and equip a distillery for the production of vodka and gin, using local potatoes, including an associated visitor centre £90,627.342 - Micro, small business and farm diversification
Fursdon FarmGE and S WhitingLiskeardTo purchase a mobile sheep handling system with lamb weigher and a software system for electronic identification£3,474.001 - Increase Farm Productivity
Smallwood Management with Alpine TractorAdam PhilipsSt Anns ChapelTo purchase a Compact Alpine Tractor, Side Arm Flail, Timer Forwarding Trailer and a Log Grapple to enable the expansion of the business in small scale woodland management£20,792.506 - Forestry Productivity
Fowey Business HubWheelbarrow Gardening LtdFoweyTo develop the business through the creation of a workshop/storage area and office space for the company along with three additional office units for rental to local businesses £94,7002 - Micro, small business and farm diversification
Upgrading of Dairy FacilitiesM J C HamblyLiskeardTo improve the health and welfare of the dairy herd as it continues to expand, relying on modern technology to support a growing dairy business by increasing efficiency, fertility, welfare and general standards of husbandry and creating a herd friendly environment £33,145.331 - Increase Farm Productivity
Cornish Gouda Cheese Production increaseCornish Gouda CoLanreathto purchase a 1500 litre ‘cheese vat’ which will allow the business to increase its production from 120 to 270 kilos per day at Talvan Farm, Lanreath, Cornwall, PL13 2PA£14,594.921 - Increase Farm Productivity
Fowey Brewery Acceleration Project (FBAP)The Fowey Brewery Ltd.LostwithielTo purchase a “six barrel brewery” system and 6-head counter bottle filler to enable production to be scaled to an economically viable level at Fowey Brewery£11,760.002 - Micro, small business and farm diversification