Rural Communities

Large parts of our area are rural. Achieving growth in these area requires consideration towards how we can grow economies in sustainable ways that protect their natural beauty. We also need to bridge the disconnect between rural communities and urban centres.

Intrinsically linked to our priority of creating a well connected economy, we will continue to support rural economies by ensuring excellent digital and mobile connectivity, improving transport links, using new housing to sustain balanced communities and enabling the areas natural beauty to drive rural jobs.




Brexit has prompted the biggest change to the business conditions of farmers and food producers in a generation. Grow Yorkshire’s vision is to cultivate enterprise. We want every farming and food business in Yorkshire to be inspired and enabled to seek greater profitability from their business.

How? Well, by preparing farming and food businesses for the inevitable change ahead, spreading the message that profitability is possible, signposting available support and inspiring rural business owners with real, relatable stories of other farmers’ successes.

Grow Yorkshire brings together organisations which already offer extensive assistance to farmers and farm businesses. Through a more collaborative and coordinated approach, we’re looking to increase take up and impact of support services, identify the current and future needs of farming and food industry and secure future funding and backing from the Government to address them.

The people of Yorkshire are known for their innovative, entrepreneurial and resilient spirit; Grow Yorkshire seeks to harness that spirit and use it to cultivate enterprise. We believe that Yorkshire is the perfect place to come together, create solutions, grasp opportunities, build positive momentum and drive farm business growth.

Grow Yorkshire is supported and enabled by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).


LEADER is a community led rural development programme which improves the quality of life and prosperity in rural communities through locally driven rural development initiatives and projects.

We are working with partners to develop programmes of activity for employment opportunities and growth in our rural areas. In February 2016, some of our grant programmes opened following awards of more than £6million European Funding.

The grant has been secured until 2020 as part of various LEADER programmes, and we are looking forward to supporting the projects that follow

There are three LEADER programmes now active across our area. You can find out more by following the links below.

Maintaining Our Rural Links

Between now and 2021 the LEP will be matching  North Yorkshire County Council funding to establish a £50m fund for the maintenance of rural roads. The work will focus on priority areas, to ensure the condition of the roads that feed the centres of Catterick Garrison, Malton/Norton, Scarborough, Selby, Skipton, Harrogate, Northallerton and Thirsk are maintained.