LEADER Programme (Scotland)

Part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-20, LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support for rural development through implementing a local rural development strategy. Support is primarily aimed at small-scale, community-driven projects that are pilot and innovative in nature.

LEADER will account for 5% of the total SRDP allocation, and will deliver support of around £52m to rural areas. An additional £19.2m Convergence Funding has been awarded to 7 Local Action Groups in the Highlands and Islands in recognition of its previous status as a disadvantaged and remote are

Funding is awarded by LAGs, who take decisions on projects which are community driven and have a wide community benefit.

Full details of LAG allocations for 2014-20 are expected to be announced in Autumn 2015.