About Us

The Heart of Wessex LEADER Programme is run by a Local Action Group comprising people from land-based business, commerce, public and community sectors in the area. The Local Action Group sets the priority themes and makes the grant decisions. Find out more about us on our members page.

This newly established partnership between the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Wiltshire Council, South Somerset District Council, Frome Town Council and Wincanton Community Venture (The Balsam Centre) has been developed to create a cohesive and successful LAG which will facilitate the delivery of Rural Development Programme England funding across the LAG area throughout the next programme period (2015-2020). See Map of LAG area for our geographical coverage.

At least 50% of the membership of a LAG should comprise of local economic and social partners. So, local community and business representation rather than public sector organisations. This adds value to achieving community engagement as it puts the responsibility for local action with local people. It ensures a mix of local knowledge, technical expertise and experience is brought together to deliver a successful programme.

Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the area can become a LAG member. You can get involved with shaping the future of the funding programme. The Heart of Wessex LAG is truly led by you, and your community. See Downloads & Links page LAG Membership Application Form