Leader in the Peak 2015 to 2020

Leader in the Peak provides support to help rural business and communities. Parts of Derbyshire can benefit from grants of £2,500 upwards from a new £1.7m funding pot to create more jobs and boost the local economy in rural areas.

Derbyshire Economic Partnership − backed by Derbyshire County Council − has secured £1.7m from the European Union through the Government's Rural Development Programme for England for delivery of LEADER funding.

The aim of the Peak Leader programme is to create more jobs, safeguard existing jobs, attract investment from the private sector to the area and develop community services. Specific focus will be given to supporting farm productivity, developing small businesses, tourism, heritage developments, rural services and supporting the woodland economy through forestry improvements.

Businesses and community groups in rural areas of Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands will be able to apply for the funding from a minimum of £2,500 to £35,000. The maximum grant amount will typically be £35,000 however where projects are delivering good value for money outputs and meeting the strategic objectives of the Local Development strategy higher grant amounts will be considered

Grants are available to help fund:

  • farm productivity and improvement
  • farm diversification
  • micro and small business support
  • developing rural services
  • small scale culture and heritage developments and improvements
  • rural tourism − new small tourist attractions
  • forestry improvements (woodland management).

Chair of the Local Action Group Councillor Lewis Rose said:

If you run a small business or community group in Derbyshire Dales, rural High Peak or Staffordshire Moorlands, then your organisation could be eligible for a grant of £2,500 or more. We are pleased to have been able to attract this new funding for the area and look forward to working with local communities.

Applications for funding will be considered by the programmes Local Action Group which is made up of representatives from the Local Authorities, voluntary groups, community groups and businesses within the Peak District .

The Leader Development Strategy attached to this page is the key document for driving investment of the grant programme.

You can contact the Peak Leader Manager, Amanda Brown or a member of the team at Derbyshire County Council, email: peakleader@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 538246, mobile: 07971 314619.

The Leader area map is attached to this page. The leader area map is provided free under the Ordnance Survey OpenData licence.

Links to useful documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)