The Dumfries & Galloway LEADER team are pleased to announce that following the first round of decision-making meetings with the Local Action Group £549,901.35 of LEADER funding has been awarded to projects with a total value of £1,250,258.26 across Dumfries & Galloway.
Supported projects were varied and include both The Whithorn Trust’s Iron Age Roundhouse which explores the history and heritage of our region, as well as farm diversification funding to provide an alpaca trekking experience – proving that nothing is beyond possible with LEADER support! Local Action Group members also approved funding for a project to provide a localised sensory service in Dumfries & Galloway as well as a selection of cultural projects ranging from classical music education and outreach, to a festival of film and photography that celebrates the natural world and wildlife of Scotland.
This round of decisions had been subject to a number of delays and the LEADER team would like to thank the applicants for their patience as the programme got up to speed. The LEADER Programme 2014-2020 is a rolling programme with decision-making meetings taking place on a quarterly basis so expressions of interest and applications are welcomed at any time.
Nicola Hill LEADER Programme Manager for Dumfries & Galloway said “the LEADER programme continues to provide a source of funding for local rural development across Scotland which injects much needed resources into our economy. We have a great track-record of helping applicants to realise their projects and Dumfries & Galloway has seen a tremendous benefit from this over the years so we will continue to work with applicants to deliver the best programme we can with the resources that we have”.
If you have an idea for a project or to find out more about the LEADER programme then please get in touch with our team today.