LEADER - Links Between Activities Developing the Rural Economy
LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support for rural development through implementing Local Development Strategies. Support is awarded by 21 Local Action Groups (LAGs) and is aimed at local projects with a wide community benefit that show an element of originality or experimentation, where possible, and complement other activities within the Local Development Strategy.
LEADER is part of the current Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP). More Information is available on the development of the next LEADER programme (2014-20).
The aim of LEADER is to increase the capacity of local rural community and business networks to build knowledge and skills, and encourage innovation and co-operation in order to tackle local development objectives. LEADER accounts for a mimimum of 5% of the total Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) allocation. LEADER will deliver support of around £52m to rural areas. An additional £19.2m Convergence Funding has been awarded to 7 Local Action Groups in the Highlands and Islands in recognition of its previous status as a disadvantaged and remote area.
For application forms, guidance and advice contact your Local Action Group.
The latest Technical Guidance for Local Action Group coordinators and administrative staff is available. This includes guidance on state aid rules which should be read in conjunction with the training videos. This guidance is not aimed at potential applicants, please contact your Local Action Group for advice as each area will have it's own specific processes.
Any publicity material relating to LEADER must contain logos for LEADER, the EU and the Scottish Government, in addition to any local branding.
Information for community groups can be found at SNRN (Scottish National Rural Network) and Rural Direct.