Funding is awarded by Local Action Groups ( LAGs) who take decisions on projects which are community driven and have a wide community benefit. These LAGs are a partnership made up of representatives from:
- The local council
- local enterprise company
- business people
- other public agencies
- voluntary action groups
- Community groups
Local Action Groups are actively involved in shaping LEADER implementation in Scotland. LAG Chairs are represented on the SRDP Programme Monitoring Committee which monitors the implementation of the current SRDP and the CAP Stakeholders group which is feeding into negotiations on the shape of the next rural development programme. Chairs also meet every 6 months with the Scottish Government as Managing Authority to consider strategic issues including finance.
The 2014-20 programme will have 21 Local Action Groups ( LAGs) which cover around 95% of rural Scotland with quality local rural development strategies. Details of these groups, and contact details are available. A map of LAG areas is available.