Support is available for projects that benefit the community and economy in the rural areas of Angus.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Scottish Government have allocated around £2 million to the Angus Local Action Group.
Ring fenced allocations are as follows:
- A total of £275,000 is available for farm diversification projects.
- A total of £275,000 is available for projects that support small/micro rural businesses.
- A total of £275,000 is available for co-operation projects with other LEADER areas.
This is no minimum or maximum award and all funding will be fully awarded by 2020.
The Angus LEADER Programme is provided as part of the Scottish Rural Development Plan (SDRP) with funding from the EU via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The programme is managed by the Angus Local Action Group (LAG) which includes Scottish Enterprise, Chambers of Commerce and local community and voluntary organisations.
Support is aimed at innovative, locally driven, bottom-up projects that will support the local community and develop the rural economy. The overall aim of the LEADER programme is to increase the capacity of local community and business networks to build knowledge and skills, innovate and co-operate in order to tackle local development objectives.
Angus LEADER aims to work in partnership in order to create prosperous and more resilient communities which will be more positive places for people to live and work. Four strategic objectives will be implemented in order to achieve this aim. These objectives are as follows:
- Building community capacity. This will be achieved through supporting local development and networking in partnership with others in order to develop relevant skills and experiences that the community may draw from when working to build a sustainable future.
- Improving connectivity and transport. This will be achieved through enabling economic and social activity and working to ensure that communities, their residents and businesses may have access to opportunities and services, gaining full benefit from web-based services and networks.
- Developing community assets and facilities. This will be achieved through securing, improving and promoting assets and facilities in order to enhance quality of life and opportunities.
- Strengthening local economies. This will be achieved through creating opportunities in order to develop local vocational skills, encouraging business start-up and growth creating new jobs.
Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly in order to discuss any restrictions that may apply.
Applications are welcome from those from the Angus area. Eligible applicants include:
- Constituted community and voluntary organisations.
- Social enterprises.
- Micro or small businesses for group projects.
- Public sector organisations.
- Individuals - for projects with public support and that implement a local strategy.
It is preferable that applicants will obtain 50% of project costs from other sources of funding.
LEADER funding can support capital and revenue costs of eligible projects, including:
- Site or building acquisition.
- Professional fees.
- Site preparation.
- External and internal services.
- Physical building works.
- Essential fixtures and fittings.
- Environmental improvements.
- Provision or improvement of community or visitor facilities.
- Feasibility studies.
- Staffing costs.
- Consultancy fees.
- Travel costs.
- Lease or rental of premises essential for delivering the project.
- Purchase or leasing of equipment.
- Financing of capital costs.
- Operating costs of premises.
- Direct overheads.
- Childcare costs.
- Non-recoverable VAT.
- In-kind contributions.
The next deadline for this scheme is 26 April 2017.
There will be a number of deadlines throughout 2017, which are as follows:
- 26 April 2017
- 26 July 2017
- 25 October 2017
Four assessment deadlines have been announced for 2017. These are as follows:
- 1 March 2017
- 7 June 2017
- 6 September 2017
- 6 December 2017
Interested parties may begin the application process by completing an Expression of Interest form, which may be found on the Angus LEADER website. If this form appears to fit with the Angus LEADER objectives, then the applicant may receive a visit from a staff team member who will go through the project and the application process.
Applications will be assessed in accordance with how well outcomes are aligned with the Local Development Strategy