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What is the Highland LEADER Programme?

The Highland LEADER Programme 2014-2020 is being delivered as part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).  The overal vision and aim of the Local Development Strategic is twofold:

  • Stronger communities leading to improved quality of life for those who live in them
  • Growth and diversification of the local economy

The themes to support achievement of the Local Development Strategy are:

  • Stronger and More Resilient Communities
  • A Growing and Diversified Economy That Promotes Sustainability 
  • Increased and Sustained Local Services and Activities 
  • Enhanced Cultural, Natural and Heritage Assets

In addition to the four main themes, as listed above, there are five cross cutting themes which projects would be expected to contribute to:

  • Fairer Highland – advancing equality (addresses equality issues or benefits people in groups that are under-represented or disadvantaged)
  • Innovation (a new or different approach is proposed within the area)
  • Sustainability/Legacy (the project outcomes will continue beyond the life of the project)
  • Carbon Clever (the project can demonstrate a positive impact on the environment)
  • Skills Development (the project aims to expand the skills of those involved in implementing the project and/or on its participants)