Welcome to the new Highland LEADER Programme website
We are just starting work on the preparation of a Local Development Strategy for the new programming period 2014-2020. Please keep checking this page for details of how to get involved, including open meetings in your area. We really want to hear from you to ensure we make this Programme the best it can be!
The Highland LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) is developing a Local Development Strategy for the new LEADER Programme 2014-2020 which will determine the kinds of projects which can be supported through this funding during the coming time period.
The LAG is seeking your views about the needs and opportunities in your area. To this end we are running a series of public events across Highland over the next three weeks. However if you can’t make one of the meetings please feel free to contribute your ideas by answering the questions below.
LEADER supports community owned actions with investment from the European Union. It is part of the European Rural Development Programme which is a European investment programme for rural development in Scotland that links local action with European and Scottish Government priorities.
The aim of LEADER is to increase the capacity of local rural community and business networks to build knowledge and skills and encourage innovation and co-operation to tackle local development objectives.
The whole of Highland with the exception of Inverness city is eligible for LEADER funding.
The LDS themes and outcomes agreed will determine the investment priorities for the LAG in your area under the new programme funding.
There will be a second chance to input directly to this process in late August/September.