Support is available for projects that benefited the community and economy in the rural areas of Forth Valley & Lomond.
The Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Local Action Group has been allocated amount of £2.78 million worth of Scottish Government and European Union money in order to invest in the development of the rural area, as based upon the Local Development Strategy.
Businesses and farms may apply for a maximum of £25,000. For community groups there is no maximum amount.
The Forth Valley & Lomond 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 Forth Valley & Lomond 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 main aim of the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Programme is to support local rural communities within West Dunbartonshire, Stirling and Clackmannanshire in order to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability. A number of strategic objectives have been identified in order to establish what this will mean in practice. These objectives are as follows:
- To strengthen the rural economy within Forth Valley and Lomond.
- To support communities within Forth Valley and Lomond in order to become more sustainable.
- To support communities within Forth Valley and Lomond in order to become more resilient.
- To improve understanding of, and access to, the natural and cultural heritage environment in the Forth Valley and Lomond area.
- To further realise the economic and community potential of strategic landscape assets within the Forth Valley and Lomond area.
Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly in order to discuss any restrictions that may apply.
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.
There is a 50% intervention rate.
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 1 May 2017.
Interested parties may begin the application process by completing an Expression of Interest form, which may be found on the Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER website. If this form appears to fit with the Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER objectives, then the applicant may receive a visit from a staff team member who will go through the project and the application process.