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 LEADER LAG  submitted a 1st draft Local Development Strategy which is currently with the Scottish Government for consideration.  Response is expected before the end of May 2014.

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 new Programme is currently scheduled to open at the beginning of 2015.

On the 5th of December 2013, the Scottish Government confirmed that there be 21 partnerships in 21 areas preparing Local Development Strategies for 2014-20 programming period  and that the Argyll and the Islands LEADER LAG has completed Stage 1 in the process and has been given permission to move onto Stage 2 – Local Development Strategy

The Argyll and the Islands LAG members are  keen to ensure the views of a broad cross section of the rural community inform the development of the Argyll and the Islands LEADER 2014-2020 LDS  so that it best meets the needs of communities across our area. An initial survey was carried out in May 2013 to collect views and further stakeholder consultations were conducted between August and November 2013.  Further consultation on proposals took place in March 2014, conducted by consultants Hall Aitken on behalf of the LAG.

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

Should you wish to discuss plans for future projects please contact LEADER Coordinators, Lorna Elliott on 01631 563016 or Sheila McLean on 01631 564424.

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


You may find the  European Structural Funds 2014 – 2020 Consultation Document of interest and further information can be found at the following link http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultations/Current?rowId=1706#conRow1706