Rural Communities Development Fund

We want to make your application experience as easy as we can

The difference with a CLLD application is that we are here to help you throughout the process

Quotes from Projects

"Without the funding we would not be able to continue providing the services that we do. Helping to reduce food insecurity.”

“Amazing opportunity to purchase a fleet of bikes for use with all of our cycling provision. Removed accessing a bike as a barrier to participation."

(Taken from Meet the LAG and Project Event, March 2024)

How to Apply



6th May                        Fund opens: Application and Guidance (click on text below to download Application and Guidance)


Capital Projects

If you are completing an application for a Capital project that requires planning permission or building warrant, please have these in place before completing the form. We are unable to process an application if the appropriate permissions are not in place.

All projects must be completed by 28th February 2025. This date is non-negotiable.



9th May -27th May       Online Application Surgeries with Tyne & Esk Project Officer *now finished



3rd June                      MIDNIGHT Final date for Application Forms to be submitted

10th – 24th June          Possible LAG visits and Questions regarding the applications


11th July                      Local Action Group will consider each submission


15th July                      Applicants informed of LAG decision and Offer of Grant letters issued




7th March                    Final date for Evidence of Spend and Reports

31st March                 All funding to Projects must be paid out before this date