Rural area; application for funding from the EU LEADER funding program

With the LEADER program, the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry supports rural regions according to the motto "Citizens shape their homeland". LEADER promotes innovative projects that contribute to strengthening rural areas.



Funding requirements

  • The project must be selected by the LAG.
  • The projects must serve the implementation of the local development strategy.
  • Projects must not be mandatory tasks of local authorities.


In principle, grants can only be approved if the respective project has not yet been started.



Each project must first be submitted to the LAG for evaluation.

The application for funding must be submitted to the local Office for Food, Agriculture and Forestry responsible for LEADER.

Special notes

The Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for the implementation of LEADER in Bavaria.

The LEADER coordinators at 9 Offices for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (AELF) are responsible for advice, information and coordination in LEADER.

At these 9 ÄELF are also the approval offices for the handling of the funding procedure.


Submission of funding applications is only possible until 31.12.2022, provided that the 6 or 12-month deadline according to the LAG decision does not take effect before then anyway.

Required documents

  • Complete grant application with attachments required depending on the project.


  • Form, Bavaria-wide: LEADER-Förderanträge und Merkblätter
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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

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