How to Apply

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There are two stages to the application process and you can download further information about how to apply from the Downloads & Links page

Stage 1 – Outline Application (assessed by LAG Forum)

Stage 2 – Full Application (approved by LAG Executive Committee)

Important – Before you complete an Outline Application,  you must read the Applicant Handbook to check you meet the funding criteria. You should then contact the Programme Management Team who will carry out an initial project eligibility check with you to ensure that what you are proposing is deliverable and meets both the national LEADER priorities (see Applicants Handbook for more detail) and our local priorities outlined in our Local Development Strategy . Our Local Development Strategy was developed with local people, communities, groups and businesses and sets out the local priorities for the Heart of Wessex LAG area, focussing particularly on actions that will bring about economic benefits to our area. We will then email you a copy of the Outline Application form if your project meets our funding criteria.

Once you have submitted your completed Outline Application form, you will receive an email acknowledgement within 5 working days. We will then assess your Outline Application and provide feedback within 14 working days.  All enquiries will be dealt with confidentially. Please note we can only accept electronic submissions of the application forms. Contact Us if you have any problems.

Outline Applications will be assessed by the LAG Forum at one of our Timetabled Meetings where you will be invited to make a short presentation before the LAG Forum members consider your project on a range of criteria based on what you have said in your Outline Application and your presentation. Your project will be scored and if the LAG Forum endorse your project you will be invited to complete a Full Application. If members decide that it is not something they wish to support then we will explain why and provide details of how to improve your project should you wish to re-submit.

Full Application forms and the portfolio of supporting documents, which will include financial accounts, a business plan, quotes, confirmation of any permissions required etc. will be independently appraised before being considered by the LAG Executive Committee, who will make the final decision to approve projects for funding. There is an official appeals procedure for any project that is unsuccessful.

If you would like to discuss your project idea, or how to apply please Contact the Programme Management Team .