This priority focuses on projects that promote, enhance and upgrade cultural and heritage assets. The focus is to:

  • grow the wider rural economy
  • create a sense of local identity through raised awareness of the assets’ importance
  • help protect cultural heritage features against damage and degradation

Who: community organisations / charities / landowners / local authorities (in exceptional circumstances where it is in addition to statutory requirements)

Grant limits: £5,000 – £100,000 although a higher grant may be awarded for projects that show exceptional value for money.  An exceptional project must show high direct economic outputs or have a strong fit with Oxfordshire LEADER local priorities. The grant rate can be up to 100%. All investments must be able to demonstrate a benefit to the wider local economy.

This priority is only for projects that make no charge. Projects that generate any sort of income should apply under Priority 3 or Priority 4.

Please download the Applicant Handbook (PDF 968kb) to find out more about what costs are eligible.


Oxfordshire Local Action Group will be particularly interested in projects that:

  • encourage activity that creates or enhances a visitor destination

Some of the projects we funded last time:

52 Things to doA book was produced drawing on community knowledge of local businesses, little-known hideaways and rural retreats. This has helped to increase visitor numbers in the area and the turnover of specific businesses.
A grant was given towards the refurbishment of Faringdon Folly Tower in order to conserve this much loved heritage attraction and to keep it functioning as a tourist destination.
A grant was given for new digital film projection equipment for cinema and theatre use. It was key to ensure this community run cinema and theatre could continue to run.

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