Application Process

Introduction and LAZ Location Map

In 2007 - 2013, funding was available through the LAZ Local Action Group (LAG) for projects that were located within the LAZ area and were eligible for funding.

Click here to view eligible area/ wards - LAZ RDPE Map (PDF)

Types of Eligible Project Activity
LAZ funding was available in the following areas:-

Who applied?


Application process

  1. Submission of an Expression of Interest application to the Local Action Group
  2. If Expression of Interest eligible and sufficiently met LAZ objectives and priorities, the project asked to submit a full application.

We received Expressions of Interest applications at any time which were processed within 6 weeks.   Once EOIs were endorsed, applicants were invited to submit a full application which must have been with us by set deadlines in order to be considered by the Local Action Group Approval Panel meetings. 

If you have an idea for a project please contact the LAZ Local Action Group Manager to arrange a meeting to discuss your proposals and the application process.  The form and guidance notes were available to download here.

Click here to download  the Expression of Interest form

Click here to download the Expression of Interest Guidance note 

Click here to view the LAZ information leaflet 


State-aids Regulations

The European Commission takes a strict stance over State Aid rules. State Aid rules apply to funding under RDPE in different ways depending on which Programme measure the support falls under. The EU Rural Development Regulation (Council Regulation 1698/2005) provides the basis for the State Aid rules for most of the programme measures. Please see the Defra website for RDPE State Aid guidance information,

Measures supported under RDPE/LEADER funding are only allowed to be delivered if ‘de minimis’ rules are adhered to. RDPE projects which are subject to de minimis rules can only be awarded up to a maximum threshold of €200,000 over a three-year rolling period, including the current and two previous financial years (i.e. it is cumulative). Therefore, grant support awarded to businesses, groups or individuals in previous years may prevent or limit the amount of RDPE grant funding that can be offered.

If you are concerned that the State Aid rules may affect an application to LAZ, please contact Judy Bell via the contacts page to clarify your position.

Does the project have to meet minimum quality standards?

Leader projects are expected to encompass the best possible standards relating to project management, financial management, people management, production methods, buildings and facilities, environmental management and energy usage.


For further details or to discuss a project idea please contact:


Judy Bell
Local Action Group Manager
Lindsey Action Zone
Navigation Warehouse
Riverhead Road
Lincs    LN11 7AZ

Tel:  01507 354561
Email:  Click here to Contact Us


In 2008-2013, the following were eligible to apply:-

Farmers/Land Based Businesses
Funding supported farm diversification projects that kept vital services, skills, and money within the rural economy. 

Rural Micro-Business
Funding supported set up and growth.  A micro-business is an enterprise with less than 10 employees and less than two million Euros annual turnover.

Funding supported schemes to broaden community involvement within the natural and cultural heritage and tourism sectors,

The Lindsey Action Zone geographic area covered the Lincolnshire Wolds, the market towns of Louth, Caistor, Market Rasen, Horncastle, Spilsby as well as Woodhall Spa and Coningsby and Tattershall and their rural hinterlands during the last programme.

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