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What is LEADER?

LEADER (Liaison Entre Action De Development De L’Economie Rurale or Links Between Actions for the Development of the Rural Economy) is part of the new Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), aimed at promoting economic and community development within rural areas. Resources are targeted at those rural areas identified as most in need, based on basic qualifying criteria such as scarcity of population, but importantly addressing issues such as ageing population, rural depopulation and job losses.

The aim of LEADER is to enhance rural communities through helping those active in rural areas to consider the long term potential of their area.

LEADER is in place currently in another 14 other areas of Scotland – please see the LEADER allocations in Scotland for more details.