The FVL LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) can lead on projects - recognising a need or demand in the area, and proposing a project as an avenue to help meet that need in a comprehensive way. If you would like to help us develop these projects, please do get in touch. If there are other projects that you think the LAG could usefully deliver, please drop the Programme Manager an email.
Explore the four LAG-led projects below:
The Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator role is in post from April 2017 - March 2020 to help support, develop and grow the local food economy in the region. One of the main outcomes of the post is the creation and implementation of "Alive with Local Food" - a Strategy that identifies main opportunities and objectives to support a local food economy. You can keep up to date with the LFDC activities on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
The Cycle Tourism Project is a new strategic project funded by FVL LEADER. The project will research and bring together what cycle infrastructure (e.g. paths/routes, signage, mapping, bike hire, accommodation, food stops, public transport links) our area provides and work with organisations and communities to promote our region in terms of cycling.
The Broadband Project is a new strategic project funded by FVL LEADER which will support community lead broadband projects. It will work with communities who will not benefit from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme to explore solutions.
This will include the creation, improvement and expansion of passive broadband infrastructure and the provision of access to broadband and public e-government. The project will also work to increase the number of people using digital services by encouraging communities and rural business to get online and enjoy the opportunities offered by digital technology.
Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER (FVL) have developed a unique and fully funded opportunity for participants to take part in this specialist Wild Food training programme, designed and run by Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. This programme has been developed to help small businesses (existing and new starts) to develop foraging-based enterprises in the FVL LEADER area.
We plan to make case studies of all projects we fund available on this page. They will be available to show what difference Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER has made, to inspire people as to what is possible with LEADER funding and to give readers an idea as to what is going on in the Forth Valley and Lomond area.
However, the Programme has only just opened to applications and so it is a little early to have case studies available. We plan to start populating this page very soon though and so it is worth revisiting. We will promote new case studies on social media when we publish them so it is worth following us on Twitter and Facebook.
For a look at what we have funded in the last programme, please look at our Celebration Publication - 100 projects funded in the last programme!
In August 2011, an intrepid group from the Forth Valley and Lomond area set off to learn about superfast broadband in Sweden - how could a country which has a much lower population density than Scotland manage to achieve such enviable speeds and reliability of service from their broadband provision - and with MUCH colder temperatures than Scotland to contend with, albeit with similarly challenging geography. The group also wanted to learn about what difference having access to superfast broadband had made to life in Sweden. Click here for a copy of the report