Heritage Coast, LEADER programme

Details of how rural funding programme LEADER is helping support development in areas of Suffolk and North Essex's Heritage Coast.

Read our case studies on LEADER projects (PDF, 574KB) to help raise awareness and gather ideas for future projects.


The Heritage Coast area is the Suffolk Coastal District Council area and the majority of the Tendring District Council area as well as smaller parts of Waveney, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council areas.

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Please view our more detailed map of the area.

If you're unsure whether you're in this area or not, please contact us.

What are the priorities for funding?

The Heritage Coast Information Leaflet (PDF, 551 KB) gives an overview of what the Heritage Coast area is keen to support.

All funding distributed in the Heritage Coast areas is guided by a Local Development Strategy (PDF, 2 MB) which was developed in consultation with local businesses and organisations.

Who decides on funding applications?

Funding is decided by a Local Action Group (LAG) made up of people from the public, private and voluntary sector who live and work in the area.

LAG members bring their knowledge of the area and expertise in relevant sectors to the group (on a voluntary basis) to help ensure that the funding given meets the goals of the Local Development Strategy.

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Can I join the Local Action Group as a member?

We are always looking for new members who have relevant skills and knowledge to join the LAG.

Members are expected to attend approximately 5 meetings a year to review upcoming projects for funding and to ensure they will deliver the priorities of the Local Development Strategy.

If you would like to join, please check the area priorities to see whether you have expertise in any of these sectors.

Then, contact Gavin Talbot on 07734 540707 or email gavin.talbot@suffolk.gov.uk.

How do I apply for funding?

There is a 2 stage application process for the LEADER programme:

Stage 1: Outline application

The first step to applying for LEADER funding is to contact Gavin Talbot on 07734 540707 to discuss your project's eligibility, and get information on the application process.

If your project is eligible we'll then send you the outline application form. When completing the outline application form you'll need to refer to the applicant handbook (PDF, 762 KB).

Once you have completed the form, email it to ruraldevelopment@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk.

Once your application is received it will be checked for eligibility and completeness. If you submit an incomplete application we will contact you for the outstanding information.

If the application is not eligible for LEADER funding we will contact you to advise on the reasons why.

If the application is eligible and complete you will be invited to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Full application

Stage 2 is by invitation only to applicants who have passed the outline application stage (Stage 1).

For full applications, you will receive an application form via email and allocated a contact who will be able to offer advice and guidance on completing the form.

Once the forms are completed you should email them to ruraldevelopment@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk.

Once your application is received it will be given a full appraisal, during which time you may be contacted for further information if necessary. Following the full appraisal the application will be passed onto the Local Action Group to discuss the project and decide whether to commit funding to it.

The Local Action Group meets every 12 weeks. There are no deadlines as such for LEADER applications, but for an application to be considered at the next Local Action Group meeting it must be submitted no later than 8 weeks before the meeting date.

The Local Action Group meeting dates are:

  • 13 March 2017 (applications submitted by 9am on 9 January 2017)
  • 5 June 2017 (applications submitted by 9am on 10 April 2017)
  • 30 August 2017 (applications submitted by 9am on 3 July 2017)
  • 20 November 2017 (applications submitted by 9am on 25 September 2017)

Once the Local Action Group has decided on whether or not to fund your project you will be contacted regarding the outcome.

Successful applicants will receive a grant offer, and unsuccessful applications will receive notification of why they were unsuccessful.

Please be aware that this is a competitive grant process with limited funding, so not every application will be successful.

If you have any questions regarding a prospective application including checking the eligibility of a project, please contact us via our email ruraldevelopment@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk.

Contact us

Email ruraldevelopment@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk or call Gavin Talbot on 07734 540707.