Grant funding for Rural Development in the Cotswolds

There is a variety of funding available to help rural development in the Cotwolds, below are some of the alternative funding options that may be open to businesses, public, private, voluntary sector, individuals, or community groups in your area: Grant Funding

Cotswolds LEADER Grants are available from £5,000 to £50,000. For exceptional projects with high job outputs, grants from £50,000 to £100,000 will be considered. This higher amount is only available under Priority 2 “Support for micro & small Businesses and farm diversification”. The maximum grant rate is capped at 40% of the eligible project costs (some exceptions allowing upto 80% or 100% apply see Handbook).  

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Cotswolds AONB Sustainable Development Fund (upto £8,000)

The Cotswolds AONB Sustainable Development Fund is a regional grants scheme, available to individuals, groups or businesses that have ideas or projects that will improve the Cotswolds both now and in the future.

The Fund aims to encourage and support community-based projects that look to provide a clear benefit to the Cotswolds AONB, with particular focus on the environment, community and/or local economy. Public, private, voluntary sector, individuals, businesses or community groups can apply. Individuals or businesses can only be beneficiaries where the project shows a clear benefit to the wider communityApplicants are not required to be based in the AONB, however, all projects must be able to demonstrate the positive impacts on the Cotswolds.

Grants are usually awarded for 50% of project costs. However, this can be extended to 75% for projects led by non-profit making organisations. Grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £8,000 are available for the 2016/2017 round of funding.

Projects can include the use of volunteers as an ‘in-kind’ contribution towards the total project cost.


To find out more about the Cotswolds AONB Sustainable Development Fund visit

Grant funding opportunities from Cotswold visitor giving scheme (upto £2,500)

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is offering grants for projects and activities that conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and improves the public’s understanding and enjoyment of what makes the area special.

Grants available from £500 up to a maximum £2,500.

Cotswolds Conservation Board along with the partners of the scheme is looking for projects that:

•    Conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape 
•    Manage and restore habitats for wildlife
•    Manage and improve footpaths and bridleways
•    Look after the area’s distinctive historical heritage
•    Provide countryside access information and/or improve the public’s understanding of the things that make the Cotswold’s special

To find out more about grant funding from Cotswold Visitor Giving Scheme visit




For more information go direct to the Rural Development European Commission website

This project is part financed by the  European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2014-20: Europe investing in rural areas