Outer Hebrides LEADER

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The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme is fully committed and is now closed

What is LEADER?

LEADER - Liason Entre Actions de Dèveloppment Èconomique Rurale
or Links between Activities Developing Rural Communities.

The LEADER 2014-2020 Programme

This programme provided support to enable the Outer Hebrides to take action and ownership over the sustainable development of their communities

LEADER is a European programme and also part of the SRDP (Scottish Rural Development Programme) allocation. It is a bottom-up method of delivering support for rural development and is primarily aimed at developing and establishing small-scale, community-driven projects that are pilot and innovative in nature. Vitally the benefits and participation of the local community in the project is fundamental to the LEADER ethos.

The programme is managed by the Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) who are a public-private partnership comprising of representatives from community trusts, agencies, voluntary sector and other support groups from throughout the islands.

The following are the key objectives of the Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Local Development Strategy and all projects must contribute to at least one of these:

  • Promote Renewable energy and efficiency
  • Support and Develop Rural Services and Facilities
  • Develop and Aid new Tourism Initiatives – focusing on Natural, Archaeological, Creative, Cultural and Gaelic Heritage
  • Support and encourage the development of SME’s and Community Enterprises
  • Develop Crofting related ideas and Encouraging Diversification
  • Support Community Fisheries and Marine initiatives
  • Network with LAGs in Scotland, UK and Europe

Should you require any further information please visit  the Outer Hebrides LEADER (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website.

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For further information please contact:

Kathlene Morrison
Outer Hebrides LEADER Co-ordinator
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Development Department
Sandwick Road
Isle of Lewis

Tel: 01851 600 501 ext. 211285
Fax: 01851 705349
e-mail: kathlene.morrison@cne-siar.gov.uk
web : www.outerhebridesleader.co.uk (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)