LEADER delivers European funding for rural development using a community-led approach.


National priorities

The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). It is managed nationally by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on behalf of Defra.

There are six national priorities for LEADER:


Local priorities – Oxfordshire LEADER

Oxfordshire LEADER is one of eighty LEADER areas which deliver the programme. Please go to ‘Eligibility’ page to find out if you fall into the Oxfordshire LEADER area.

Each area has a Local Action Group (LAG) formed of locally appointed representatives of the private, public and third sectors. Each LAG have their own Local Development Strategy (LDS) which informs local priorities. Oxfordshire LEADER local priorities are to:

  • Grow, sell and eat more local food: Equipment and facilities to process, sell and eat local food and drink. Education enterprises and events that promote locally-produced food, healthy eating and waste reduction.
  • Create vibrant villages: Community enterprises and facilities that generate income to be self-sustaining, increase visitors to the area, provide a community hub and support the most vulnerable groups such as the elderly, unemployed and families.
  • Revive our rivers and canal: Projects that support boating, cycling, walking, cafes, festivals, accommodation and improved infrastructure on the rivers and canal.
  • Unlock the potential of woodlands: Equipment for forestry businesses and wood-using businesses to increase productivity and develop new markets that will improve the demand and management of local wood.


Oxfordshire LEADER is administered by a Programme Manager and an Admin and Finance Officer. Applications are reviewed by the Oxfordshire LAG every two months to make grant decisions. The team works closely with the RPA to ensure compliance with national and European requirements.

If you’re interested in volunteering to be a part of the Oxfordshire Local Action Group please contact us via the details at the bottom of this page.

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