Sustainable Crediton are a member of the Local Action Group for
the LEADER programme run by REAL Devon. As part of the executive
group we are responsible for assessing & approving applications
for the LEADER grants programme, which is funded by the EU.
For most of this past year we have been unable to publicise the
programme due to various political activities (including local
elections, the EU Referendum and the subsequent implications of
Brexit) during which we were subject to "purdah" (a process whereby
government agencies are prevented from making announcements which
might influence how people might vote).
In spite of these problems we feel we have made real (excuse
the pun!) progress this year. We have awarded over £110,000 to
12 local businesses & agricultural enterprises which will in
turn create 18.5 new jobs for local people!
LEADER funding was also temporarily closed whilst the Treasury
decided on the future of European Funding.
Thankfully the Treasury has agreed that LEADER funding
will continue until we exit the EU!
We are extremely pleased that we will be able to continue to
allocate this funding to projects in the REAL Devon area.
- Priority 1 Support to increase farm productivity
- Priority 3 Support for rural tourism.
- Priority 2 Support for micro and small businesses
(non-agricultural) and farm diversification
- Priority 4 Provision for Rural Services
- Priority 5 Support for Cultural and heritage activities,
- Priority 6 Support for increasing forestry productivity.
For more information of these priorities and what can be funded,
take a look at the applicant handbook on the
If you have a project idea, send us an email with some
information about it to REALDevon@devon.gov.uk