The LEADER funding is available to rural businesses in the Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington and Trafford areas, please refer to the map or check with us to see if your business is eligible.
Note that only the location of your project must fall inside one of the eligible areas; this does not need to be the same address as your organisation’s registered office.
You may also use the Magic mapping utility to check if your project falls within a LEADER-eligible area. Magic is a complex and incredibly comprehensive system, but to use it for LEADER purposes simply follow these steps:
1. Go to www.magic.gov.uk, and click the blue ‘Get Started’ button.
2. Once the map has loaded, notice the series of drop-down menus on the left-hand side. These contain dozens of different types of information that can be displayed on the map simply by checking the relevant box. In order to display the LEADER boundaries, first click on the plus-sign to expand the menu for ‘Administrative Geographies’, followed by ‘Other Administrative Boundaries’, then check the box for ‘Rural Development Fund eligibility for LEADER groups (England)’. The LEADER boundaries should then appear in blue.
3. You can then zoom in to view the Cheshire area in great detail, or search for a location or postcode using the search facility at the top-left of the window. For the screenshot above, we searched for our own offices in Winsford; notice how the blue boundary line marks the ineligible urban area apart from the eligible rural area outside of the town. The specific area you searched for will appear in light blue, as shown to the right.
If you have any trouble using Magic or assessing whether or not your project falls into an eligible area, please do not hesitate to contact the Cheshire LEADER team.