As a previously EU funded programme, the LEADER programme is now closed.
We did secure additional funding from the Scottish Government's Rural Communities Testing Change scheme (our Community Led Visitor Management Enabler Fund, Community Group Staffing Resource Fund, and the Climate Nudge Fund) which has now also been fully allocated.
Discussions are still ongoing regarding the successor to the LEADER programme in Scotland beyond April 2022, and we will post here as soon as we know what this will be.
In the meantime you can read about the projects funded in our 2015-2020 programme which can be found in our Legacy Brochure - published in January 2021, or click on the box below for the online version:
LEADER and Community Led Local Development delivers support to communities and businesses for the development of rural areas. Until recently, funding for LEADER has come from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development with additional funding from the Scottish Government. There are seven key elements of the LEADER approach outlined in the diagram below:
The Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Local Action Group (FVL LAG) has been awarded £2.78 million to invest in the development of our rural area, based on the Local Development Strategy that has been approved by the Scottish Government to cover the period 2015 to 2020 (last applications currently December 2019 or sooner if full allocation is reached).
Grants are awarded by the Forth valley and Lomond LEADER Local Action Group to projects that support delivery of the Local Development Strategy, which is available here. A summary showing the strategic objectives that guides how the LAG invests the money is available here. Successful applications will have to show that they will help to deliver one or more of the following strategic objectives:
The eligible area is rural Clackmannanshire, rural Stirling and rural West Dunbartonshire. A map of the area is available here. And a list of the key settlements in the eligible area is available here.
FVL LEADER LAG is planning for the future. We recently held a series of online workshops to explore our future priorities. Please find a link to the workshop report here