We appreciate that our area has a diversity of rural businesses and enterprises - accommodation, tourist attractions, outdoor activities, and retail spaces. To make the rural economy of the Forth Valley and Loch Lomond area even stronger, LEADER has set aside funding to specifically support more businesses and enterprises in rural Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire, and West Dunbartonshire. New to this round of LEADER funding, this ring-fenced funding is set aside specifically for Farm Diversification and Rural Enterprise.
We seek to fund activities that align with the values/aims in our Local Development Strategy. Have a look at our page about FVL LEADER to explain the values and aims of the fund. Usually, we seek to fund innovative or pilot projects, that concern activities that are additional to your business (not more of the same).
Some examples of the types of Rural Enterprise activities that could be funded:
Have a gander at our Rural Enterprise brochure - outlining the basic information you need to know for the enterprise/business element of our ring-fenced funding: