Support available for projects that benefit the community and economy in the Highland region.
Funding levels are as follows:
|Indicative Budget||Minimum LEADER Grant||Minimum Eligible Project Costs||Maximum LEADER Grant||Maximum LEADER Intervention Rate|
|Caithness||£497,080||£2,000||£5,000||No cap set||90%|
|Inner Moray Firth North||£550,574||£2,000||£5,000||No cap set||90%|
|Inner Moray Firth South||£412,683|
|Skye||£313, 745||£5,000||£10,000||No cap set||50%|
|Sutherland||£633,673||£5,000||£10,000 for submissions from community or voluntary groups. £25,000 for applications from public sector organisations, agencies and national charities.||£50,000||50% for applications from community or voluntary groups. 20% for applications from public sector organisations, agencies and national charities.|
|Wester Ross, Lochalsh & Strathpeffer||£506,688||£10,000||£20,000||No cap set||50%|
|Highland wide projects||£500,000||£5,000||£10,000||£100,000||50%|
|Cooperation Projects between two or more Local Action Group areas (outside of Highland)||£440,269||£5,000||£6,667||£100,000||75%|
|Cooperation Projects between at least two Local Area Partnerships within the Highland area.||£440,269||£5,000||£10,000||£100,000||50%|
The Highland 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).
Due to the size of the Highland area as well as the variety of diverse local communities, decision making has devolved from the Highland Local Action Group (LAG) down to seven Local Area Partnerships (LAPs). These LAPs are as follows: Caithness, Sutherland, Skye, Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh, Lochaber, Inner Moray Firth North and Inner Moray Firth South.
The key objective of this scheme is to provide support for rural enterprise and farm diversification projects.
Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly in order to discuss any restrictions that may apply.
Eligible applicants will be based in the Highland region and may include the following:
- 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.
The maximum intervention rate for this scheme is 50%.
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.
Applications may be made at any time for the following areas: Caithness, Inner Moray Firth North, Inner Moray Firth South, Sutherland, Highland Wide Projects, Cooperation Projects and Rural Enterprise & Farm Diversification.
The next submission deadlines for the below regions are as follows:
Lochaber: 4 July 2017, 26 September 2017.
Skye: 25 March 2016, 30 June 2017, 30 September 2017.
Water Ross, Lochalsh & Strathpeffer: 29 June 2017, 28 September 2017.
Interested parties may begin the application process by completing an Expression of Interest form. If this form appears to fit with the Highland LEADER objectives, then the applicant may receive a visit from a staff team member who will go through the project and the application process.
The next meeting dates are as follows:
- Lochaber: 29 August 2017, 29 August 2017, 21 November 2017.
- Skye: 31 August 2017, 30 November 2017.
- Water Ross, Lochalsh & Strathpeffer: 29 August 2017, 28 November 2017.