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

With the LEADER programme, the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry supports rural regions on their way to self-determined development according to the motto "Citizens shape their homeland". LEADER is a proven instrument for the promotion of innovative ideas and projects that contribute significantly to the development and strengthening of rural areas.



LEADER promotes the formation of Local Action Groups (LAGs) and the implementation of local development strategies.


Funding is provided for individual projects, cross-regional or transnational cooperation between LAGs and LAG management.

Recipients of funding

All applicants with a legal personality (except public authorities) are eligible to apply.

Eligible costs

Funding is available for expenditure on investment and non-investment projects.

Type and amount

LEADER funding takes the form of a grant (project funding).

The rate of funding is between 30 % and 80 % of the eligible costs, depending on the type of project and the spatial funding context.


Funding requirements

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


Grants can only be awarded if the project in question 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 LEADER office responsible for food, agriculture and forestry.

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.

These 9 AELFs are also home to the approval offices for handling the funding procedure.


Applications for funding under the LAEDER Directive can be submitted until 31.12.2020

. The approval period is generally two years (31.12.2022 at the latest).

Required documents

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


  • Form, Bavaria-wide: LEADER-Förderanträge und Merkblätter
    Please note

    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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Status: 02.09.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten

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