LEADER funding open to applications

Following on from successful launch events held last month, two new European funding programmes are now open to receive applications. 

LEADER Programmes for North and South Aberdeenshire are seeking applications from rural businesses and communities for a wide range of projects.
 
Funding will be allocated for projects which contribute to key themes identified in Local Development Strategies, such as connectivity, business competitiveness, the environment and people and place. 

The funds are managed by partnerships known as Local Action Groups.  South Aberdeenshire Local Action Group Chair, Liam Smyth, said: “I am pleased to announce that the South Aberdeenshire LEADER programme is open for business. 
We have been allocated around £2.8 million from the European Union and Scottish Government which will make a real difference to our communities and economy.

I would encourage any groups or businesses who have project ideas in line with our priorities to apply by visiting the South Aberdeenshire Local Action Group website.”

North Aberdeenshire Local Action Group Chair, Duncan Leece, added: “The previous Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER programme was a great success and helped communities to deliver a number of fantastic projects. 

“We aim to build upon this success with the new £3.3 million North Aberdeenshire LEADER programme by supporting new and innovative projects which help our communities and businesses to thrive.  Please visit our webpage for more information.”

Applicants must complete an Expression of Interest form before applying to the LEADER programmes.  The deadline for the first round of full applications is January 29th 2016, with decisions being made by the partnerships in March.

Dedicated co-ordinators are in place for both North and South Aberdeenshire who will be able to assist with any queries and help applicants through the process.

For more information call 01467 628443 or visit www.local-development.eu