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Priority 1 - Support to increase farm productivity

These grants will support a wide range of farm investments. They are particularly for businesses that want to invest in innovative business practices and new technologies to help them to become more sustainable and productive. Any application will have to demonstrate how it contributes to the growth of the business and preferably job creation. 

Grants are not available for investments in standard agriculture or horticultural practises.   

Please note that not all eligible applications will be funded. LEADER is a competitive process and funding will depend on the priorities of individual LEADER groups.

State aid rules 

De minimis state aid regulations mean that a maximum of €200,000 (currently around £145,000) of public funds is available to any one applicant in any rolling period of three financial years.  If an applicant has had other public funding, this may count towards the de minimis aid amount and reduce the amount of money they can apply for from LEADER. 

Please note: Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside Stewardship payments do NOT count towards the de minimis limit. 

State Aid - Detailed Guidance (external website)

Guidance and eligibility

For further guidance and eligibility, including on hire purchase and second-hand equipment, please refer to the CWWW LEADER Applicant Handbook. To download a copy of this handbook, please use the link below:

CWWW LEADER Applicant Handbook (pdf 746 pdf opens in new window)

For further information about what is eligible or non-eligible in priority 1 - Support to increase farm productivity, please refer to the list below:

LEADER Equipment List for Priority 1 and 6 (pdf 137kb opens in new window)



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Drilling of winter barley, Langtoft
Drilling of winter barley, Langtoft