Welcome to Kent Downs and Marshes & East Kent LEADER


The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) LEADER Programme is a European Union rural funding approach, with grant funds available from late 2015 to December 2019.

The RDPE LEADER is a way of spending money on local issues, identified by people living in that area. This bottom up identification of local issues leads to locally tailored opportunities based on the economic, social, environmental and land based sector needs of the LEADER area.


THE DEADLINES to submit full applications for consideration at the remaining lag meetings in 2018 have now passed.

additional meetings will be held in february 2019 but it is advised to any applicants to submit their full applications as soon as possible and by 14th december 2018 at the latest for kent downs and marshes, and by 10th january 2019 for east kent, to be considered at these meetings

funds are limited in the kent downs & marshes area and potential applicants should speak to the programme staff before submitting their full application. WE WILL NO LONGER BE PROCESSING expressions of interest for this area, but will keep them on record in anticipation of securing additional funding.

FUNDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE EAST KENT LEADER AREA and is operating as normal. future dates for decision making meetings beyond february 2019 will be confirmed