Support available for projects that benefit the community and economy in the rural areas of Dumfries & Galloway.
There is approximately £1.7 million available in the total fund.
Individual grant levels are not stipulated.
The Dumfries & Galloway 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 Dumfries & Galloway 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.
The aims and objectives of the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme are as follows:
- To enable young people to gain employment and purpose.
- To harness the tourism industry as a sector that can strengthen services.
- To develop the role that arts and culture can have in the life of the region, with the purpose of maximising the economic contribution of the arts and culture sector.
Land, Coast and Marine Environments
- To develop farming, forestry and natural environment assets.
- To develop the fisheries sector and assets.
- To focus upon services for older people and vulnerable groups. This will be delivered using integrated approaches.
- To enhance rural services and facilities. This would include transport initiatives.
- To enhance natural and cultural heritage as well as tourism and leisure.
- To support food and drink initiatives such as short supply chains and community food.
- To build co-operation amongst other local action groups in Scotland, the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe.
- To enable individuals, communities and businesses to exchange learning and knowledge and to recognise their potential in a manner which will help to build opportunities for all.
- To drive community action in regards to climate change.
Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly in order to discuss any restrictions that may apply.
Eligible applicants will be based in Dumfries & Galloway and 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.
Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly in order to find out further information regarding match 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 expressions of interest is 14 June 2017. The next round of applications will be considered during the September 2017 Local Action Group (LAG) meeting. Interested parties may begin the application process by completing an Expression of Interest form, which may be found on the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER website. If this form appears to fit with the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER objectives, then the applicant may receive a visit from a staff team member who will go through the project and the application process.