The Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group has approved grants to 12 local projects recently - summarised in the latest LEADER Bulletin ‘Spotlight on Projects’ - taking the total awarded from the 2014-2020 Programme to over £1 million.
In all, 17 community-led projects with a combined value of almost £3.5m were supported by LEADER funding in 2016. LEADER grant of over £1m has levered-in additional investment of almost £2.5m, equating to £3.30 of other funding for each £1 of LEADER grant committed.
Colin Gilmour, Chairman of the Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) said: “The LEADER LAG is delighted to issue this latest ‘Spotlight on Projects’ Bulletin – on the back of a highly significant milestone for the LAG in awarding over £1m of our total LEADER allocation in the first year of the current Programme. These projects will deliver economic development benefits through maximising opportunities for income-generation, along with achieving a range of cultural and social benefits in local communities across the Outer Hebrides.”
LEADER funding has been delivering community-led local development (CLLD) opportunities to local communities across the Outer Hebrides for over 25 years. The Outer Hebrides LEADER Programme is administered by a Local Action Group (LAG) comprising of private and public representatives from across a wide range of sectors. In 2015 the Scottish Government allocated a total of £3.17m for the current EU LEADER Programme 2014-2020 to the Outer Hebrides LAG.
The LEADER team is accessible in the Comhairle’s Stornoway and Balivanich offices to support properly-constituted groups and small businesses with projects that create opportunities with tangible local development outputs.