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How to apply

There are two stages to the application process - an Expression of Interest and a Full Application. Applications are assessed at both stages.

Expression of Interest stage



Before completing the Expression of Interest form you should check that you are in a LEADER area.

Click here to view the Central Sussex Map

Click here to view the Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain Map


Next, download and read through the LEADER Applicant Handbook for your area-

Click here for the Central Sussex Applicant Handbook

Click here for the Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain Applicant Hand Book


Expressions of Interest will be assessed against a range of criteria including whether your organisation and project are eligible and how well your project fits the LEADER national and local priorities.


Full application stage

If the Expression of Interest is successful you will be invited to proceed to the next stage and sent a full application form.

Please note being invited to submit a full application is not a guarantee of grant funding.

At this stage you will need to provide evidence to support your application including:

  • quotes for the equipment or work (usually a minimum of three);
  • confirmation of match funding sources;
  • financial accounts;
  • all relevant permissions, and licences (e.g. planning);
  • proof of tenancy (if premises are leasehold).


Full applications will be assessed and scored against a range of selection criteria set out in the LEADER applicant handbook.


The decision making panels, made up of Local Action Group members, will meet to consider full applications regularly, they will decide if a full application is successful and if a grant can be awarded.


If you are invited to make a full application the LEADER Delivery Team will advise you of the date by which your application should be returned. This will usually need to be 8 weeks before the relevant meeting date.


Local Action Group meeting dates for 2018 are as follows:

Central Sussex

21 March

27 June

26 September

12 December

Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain

5 March

11 June

10 September

3 December


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