Paper refers to the effects of local resources activation on rural areas with reference to the assessment of Leader Programme implementation in the Wielkopolska voivodeship. Particular attention was given to the fi rst effects of Leader Programme with regard to the level of expenditure and area of activity undertaken by Local Action Groups. The paper includes the review of budgets of Local Action Groups in Wielkopolska Voivodeship, and their allocations to particular measures and years. The obtained results point out the level of budgetary spending by Local Action Groups. This analysis shows the advancement level and fi rst effects of Leader Programme’s adaptation.