If you can answer yes to the following questions, you may well be eligible to submit an outline application for LEADER funding.


  1. Is your project based within the Local Action Group area? You can check by either looking at the map on the main page, or using Magic.
  2. Are you a farmer, grower, forester, local rural business or community organisation?
  3. Does your business employ fewer than 50 employees and have a turnover of less than €10 million?
  4. Have you (or your business) received public funding of less than €200,000 within the past 3 years?
  5. Do you want funding of over £2500?
  6. Does your project fit one of the national LEADER priorities? Here is a link to the leader priorities.
  7. Does your project help support the local economy by creating jobs or improving productivity?
  8. Is your project innovative for your business?
  9. Is your project new? By this we mean it has not started yet and has not yet incurred any expenditure. We are unable to fund projects that have already begun.
  10. Do you have all necessary permissions in place such as planning?
  11. Is your expenditure primarily for capital items?



These costs are ineligible for all priorities:

  • costs for standard agricultural equipment & inputs, like animals & annual crops
  • cost of agricultural production rights & payment entitlements;
  • cost of getting any consents needed, for example planning permission;
  • costs for anything that’s a standard industry obligation, for example requirements of the Basic Payment Scheme
  • costs that are incurred before the date of the grant funding agreement;
  • financial charges, such as interest, fines and maintenance;
  • reclaimable VAT;
  • any items the applicant already gets EU or national funding for;
  • projects the applicant is required to do by law or to meet a legal requirement;
  • like-for-like replacements;
  • costs connected with a leasing contract, such as lessor’s margin, interest refinancing costs, overheads and insurance charges;
  • salaries, running costs;
  • relocation of the business;
  • own labour;
  • licence fees, subscriptions and service charges;
  • standard computer and mobile equipment; and
  • costs for renewable heat and energy systems covered by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) aren’t eligible.
  • In kind contributions


Some priorities also have ineligible costs

Please check if the priority areas you wish to apply to has any further restrictions.

You can see what costs each priority specifically deems ineligibly by reading the priority information here.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.