£3m funding pot for Isles is now open

The Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group has announced that the 2014-2020 Programme has been awarded over £3m to support projects throughout the islands and Expressions of Interest are now being accepted.

LEADER focuses on delivering a bottom-up method for encouraging and promoting rural development.

Support is primarily, aimed at small-scale projects that are pilot and innovative in nature and can be from community groups, social enterprises, businesses and individuals. Vitally each project must benefit the local community by encouraging sustainability and activity in an area.

Eligible projects

Projects being developed by and for the community and voluntary sectors can be supported to ensure they develop and that new opportunities are created for those living in the Outer Hebrides.

New ventures in small rural businesses can also be assisted to establish themselves or diversify into new markets and also projects which promote diversification in crofting or farming are sought.

This can include widening the crofters portfolio by developing innovative measures to sustainably develop the land.

Furthermore projects which involve networking and sharing knowledge and ideas with groups in other parts of the islands, Scotland or further afield are also encouraged.

To submit an expression of interest, and also for further information on the programme, you can visit the Outer Hebrides LEADER website at www.outerhebridesleader.co.uk

The Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER 2014-2020 programme.