Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER
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Welcome to Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER

Latest News FVL LEADER is based in Stirling Enterprise Park in Stirling (Room 11, John Player Building FK7 7WR)

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS, EXPECTING TO RE-OPEN IN 2015

16 July 2014
Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER are launching a publication celebrating the many varied projects we have funded over the course of the programme. The publication showcases the 100 projects awarded funding up until November 2013 and show how each project helped to deliver the objectives in our Local Development Strategy.  The publication can be viewed here.

11 July 2014
Draft Local Development Strategy 2015-2020 A wide group of rural stakeholders have been overseeing the development of our draft Local Development Strategy for the next programme. We have also been consulting with groups across the area on the proposed objectives and priorities.  With this in mind we would welcome further feedback - it is a draft so there is plenty of time for changes to be made! Draft LDS. A Summary of the Objectives and Outcomes can also be downloaded.

19 June 2014
LEADER Rural Communities Workshop 12th July in Stirling Calling all rural community groups and social enterprises.  Following on from the Rural Communities Workshop in March, we would like to invite all community groups, community councils and social enterprises who would like to be involved in deciding how the LEADER funds will be spent in this area over the next 7 years, to come along to the LEADER Rural Communities Workshop in Stirling on Saturday 12 July, 10 to 12, in the Council Chambers.  We will also be giving an update on progress so far with our bid for funds for the area. Click here for the presentation from the community event and here for the community owned assets table that we're putting together.

9 June 2014
Congratulations to Callander Community Hydro for winning "Most Inspirational Sustainable Energy project in Scotland". A great LEADER project - we are proud of you!!

5 May 2014
Bike Trossachs have announced the completion of Aberfoyle Bike Park with funding from Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER.  The bike park is a training ground for people to practice and improve their mountain biking skills with easy to difficult trails in the heart of Aberfoyle.  More information and pictures of the bike park are available here.
30 April 2014
Lochend Chalets at Port of Menteith are inviting suitable contractors to quote for a piece of work to build a 480m nature trail path with some junior mountain bike features. The invitation to quote can be found HERE and a location map is HERE.
The project is receiving funding from the FVL LEADER Sustainable Tourism Business Grant Scheme, as local school pupils will have ongoing involvement in the design and planting of the nature trail, and will use the facility for bike skills training. The closing date for submissions is 17 May 2014.

31 March 2013
We are in the process of creating our Local Development Strategy, which will guide what we fund till 2020 and we need your help.  We're trying to evaluate how dynamic the communities in our area are and are looking at number of community owned assets as one way to assess this.  We've started a table of community owned assets and would be grateful if people could let us know what ommissions there are at ramsayn@stirling.gov.uk and we can update it.  Our working table is available here
12 March 2013
The Forth Invasive Non-native Species Programme run by the River Forth Fisheries Trust is about to put spraying contracts out to tender for 3 of the 6 invasive species they are tackling in a number of areas around the District in riparian corridors.  If you would like to be considered for the tendering process, please contact Jonathan Louis at j.louis@fishforth.co.uk or on 07864 999135. 

10 February 2014
Callander Youth Project Trust are continuing the development of the Bridgend facility in an exciting project that sees an investment in the Hostel accommodation and the completion of re-roofing works. They are currently advertising the Roofing contract on the Public Contracts Scotland website, where interested contractors have until 21/02/14 to submit their tender. Search for CYP-PhaseII-Re-Roofing in the 'Find Contracts' section.

29 January 2014

Plunkett Scotland have been awarded funding from the Prince's Countryside Fund for a project called Seeing is Believing Plunkett Scotland.  This project will help support community groups who are intending to start up a community led enterprise.  The funding can be used to facilitate study visits or give mentoring support.  More information on the scheme can be found here and more information on The Plunkett Foundation can be found here.


18 December 2013
Congratulations to Jean Weir - Paths for All "Community Path Volunteer of the Year" 2013!
Jean Weir, a member of CGI (Community Green Initiative based in Dunipace and Denny) was last night announced as Community Path Volunteer of the Year at a Paths for All celebration at the Scottish Parliament. She was given the award by the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison for her hard work, leadership and willingness to keep learning in the FVL LEADER funded project Access Path for Wheels, based in Gala Park/Herbertshire Castle Park, Dunipace. She acknowledged the need for partnership work in her super acceptance speech, mentioning fellow CGI volunteers, Falkirk Council, Paths for All and ofcourse the FVL LEADER 'Building Paths for Community Capacity' grant and support.
You can see some photos on our facebook page Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER. More to follow once we get the official ones. 

9 December 2013
Creative in Callander: A new social enterprise is seeking tenders to supply branding.The exciting project is part funded by Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER and is based in a shop in Callander selling locally produced arts and crafts.  The brief for the work can be found here and examples of previous branding can be found here and here.

Website designers needed:
 
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is looking to contract a web design agency to design and create a new website for the programme.  Full details of this tender can be found here and the deadline for submissions is 19th December.

 Support on monitoring and evaluation needed: The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is looking for some additional support to produce a monitoring and evaluation system to track outcomes and outputs across the 50 projects that make up the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.  The design of this system will build on work already done by the team and will be used to track progress, impact and learning through the 4 year delivery period of the programme (2014-2018).  Full details of the work can be found here and the deadline for submissions is the 18th December.

Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER now fully allocated
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All funds have now been allocated to projects and only projects to go on the reserve list are being considered.  However the Sustainable Tourism Business Grant Scheme will continue to operate until December 2013.

Plans are well underway for the next Programme of EU funding in Scotland, including LEADER The first stage of the process was the submission of Expressions of Interest, which have now been approved, and we are delighted to be able to go to the second stage, which is the submission of a new Local Development Strategy for the area, so if you have any thoughts about what kind of things you would like the new programme to support in the Forth Valley and Lomond area, please complete this questionnaire or contact Anne-Michelle on ketteridgea@stirling.gov.uk

November 2013
2014-2020 Programme - Come and meet LEADER staff at up-coming events.
We are consulting on your community's priorities for the next LEADER 2014-2020 Programme, and will be attending a number of community events over the next few months.  Next event: 9 November 2013, The Gathering Community Event in Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen, 9.30 - 4pm All welcome.

2 July 2013
The Ochils Landscape Partnership have launched their LEADER funded Virtual Visitor Centre. The Virtual Visitor Centre is a new way to access Clackmannanshire's 'hillfoot' villages and the hills behind.  You can find out about the history of the villages, see the animations made by local primary schools and explore the new geocache trail in Alva at the website, 
http://ochils.org.uk/olp.
21 January 2013
LEADER Sustainable Tourism Business Grant Scheme website www.fvl-sustainabletourism.org.uk is now live. This is a scheme for businesses or organisations wanting to develop their sustainable tourism activities.  The website contains a lot of useful information related to that specific scheme. This scheme will run until December 2013.

17 December 2012
Key Findings from the FVL LEADER Mid-Term Review
FVL LAG is delighted to be able to circulate the key findings of the mid-term review of the FVL LEADER Programme.  Good feedback on the LAG's track record of capacity buidling, but more needs to be done to encourage projects that promote economic development in our rural communities.  A full copy of the report can be downloaded here

15 November 2012
Broadband issues? The Clacksmax partner (Briskona) is alredy looking at rolling out their Wireless solution to other areas and would love to hear from you.  Contact alisdair.sinclair@briskona.com

6 July 2012
First Phase of ClacksMax is Open for Business Businesses or households wanting to sign up for fastspeed broadband in the vicinity of the Eastern Villages of Stirling or Clackmannanshire should contact Alisdair Sinclair at Briskona www.brisokona.com.  "Packages start from £19.99 with speeds up to 12 Mbps. We will quickly be adding telephone and other value added services for our customers. No land-line is needed and you can transfer your existing telephone number via your broadband, saving the cost of line rental".

4 July 2012
90% Grant Rate for Path Projects under the Building Paths for Capacity Scheme.  Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Local Action Group are delighted to announce the raising of the grant intervention rate (maximum £18,000) for paths projects from community groups who are new to project managing paths projects, or have never applied for EU funding previously.  To apply, complete the enquiry form. More information here


27 September 2011
Report on Forth Valley Next Generation Broadband visit to Sweden
A visit to Sweden took place at the end of August to learn about the roll out and use of fibre optic networks (allowing superfast and top quality internet, as well as video-conferencing, telephone and televison).  Delegates were drawn from all aspects of rural living and business in the Forth Valley, and all were amazed by how fibre optic networks have permeated everybody's lives in Sweden, making living and working so much easier, more comfortable, more productive, more efficent, more competitive, whilst also better for the environment. Download a copy of the report here or view the video report

20 September 2011
New Scottish LEADER Brochure available All 20 LEADER areas across Scotland have got together to produce a brochure for LEADER in ScotlandEach area has selected 3 case studies to reflect a particular characteristic that LEADER aims to support, as well as giving examples that of community (or business) led economic, community and environmental activity.  Download a copy of the brochure from www.ruralgateway.org.uk/en/node/3887

14 July 2011
Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER is now on Facebook!  If you want to receive the latest news about LEADER as it happens, news from the projects we are involved with and relevant news from other organisations in the area, then 'Like' our Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/fvlleader
22 December 2010
High Speed Broadband for Rural Forth Valley
Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Local Action Group is delighted at the news that its bid to bring WiMAX broadband to the Forth Valley as part of the Scottish Government’s Rural Broadband Challenge Fund was one of only five bids in Scotland to be approved by the Scottish Parliament last Friday. More...
20 September 2010
Building Paths for Community Capacity Scheme
Small path projects are now eligible for support from community organisations based in the Forth Valley and Lomond area.  Awards are now available for groups who can show the path project will help build project management skills and experience for future community run projects.  Criteria for applying to the scheme and information on how to apply is available here

Next Deadline for Applications
There are no further rounds for funding under the current Programme.  We expect the new Programme to be open for applications in January 2015.

LEADER is a rural development programme aimed at small-scale, community-driven projects that are pilot and innovative in nature.  

We assist those inspired to take forward innovative or pilot projects which are supported by the wider community. By awarding grants of up to 50% of eligible costs, we want to help you to improve the quality of life in your communities in rural Forth Valley and Lomond through projects which bring about revitalised communities and enhanced natural environments 

Our area includes rural Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Stirling and part of West Dunbartonshire lying within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. (It excludes Alloa, Bo'ness, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Polmont, Stenhousemuir and Stirling City).

For a map of our eligible area click here.

To view our promotional  flyer click here.

The Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER programme is managed by a Local Action Group or LAG which brings together people from the community, rural businesses and public agencies.
Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER is one of twenty LEADER programmes currently operating throughout rural Scotland.

Funding of £3.73 million has been awarded to the Forth Valley and Lomond area as part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007 - 2013. For a link to the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) click here.  For the latest information on issues affecting rural Scotland, please refer to the Scottish Rural Network website

 


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