Argyll and the Islands LEADER Programme 2007-13 is now closed and is no longer accepting applications for funding.

Argyll and the Islands LEADER 2014 – 2020

The LEADER 2014 2020 Programme will  be delivered in Scotland by Local Action Groups (LAGs) implementing Local Development Strategies (LDS) for their area.  The LAGs are selected/ approved by the Scottish Government (SG) as the Managing Authority. This is a multi-stage process:

  • Stage 1 – Expression of Interest
  • Stage 2 – Local Development Strategy
  • Stage 3 – Business Plan
  • Stage 4 – Approval
  • Stage 5 – Budget Allocation
  • Stage 6 – Implementation

Further information on the process can be found at the following link http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/Rural/Leaderapproach2014-20

The Argyll and the Islands LAG submitted their draft Local Development Strategy and Business Plan to the Scottish Government on 30th September 2014. The LDS encompasses a bid for LEADER funds as well as European Maritime & Fisheries Funds (EMFF) for Community Actions.  It will also include a bid to run a Small Business Support Scheme, focusing on Enterprise and Farm Diversification. The total bid will be approx. £6.5m.

A decision on the outcome of this bid is expected by the end of March 2015 and it is anticipated that the new programme will be launched in late Spring 2015.

Consultation with the fisheries, aquaculture and business sectors is currently taking place. The Argyll and the Islands LAG members are  keen to ensure that the views of a broad cross section of the rural community inform the development and delivery of the Argyll and the Islands LEADER 2014-2020 LDS  so that it best meets the needs of communities across our area.

Updates on the development of the new programme will be posted over the coming months.

Should you wish to discuss plans for future projects please contact LEADER Coordinator Sheila McLean on 01631 564424 / 07760246574 or email Sheila.mclean@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

The proposed  LAG area will cover the whole of Argyll and Bute Council area including Helensburgh and also Arran and the Cumbraes in North Ayrshire.

The Argyll and the Islands LEADER Programme is a rural development initiative which is  delivered under the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP).

Further information on the SRDP 2014  -20 can be found by following this link http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP/SRDP20142012