The new Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER programme is open for applications; we would welcome early discussions regarding potential project ideas.
LEADER is a rural development programme which aims to support individuals, organisations and communities in rural Perth and Kinross to be stronger, more confident and inclusive to lead or contribute to local economic and community development.
Within this website you will find information on the funding programme (2014 – 2020), the Local Action Group (LAG), priorities for funding, national guidance and eligibility criteria for the programme and more. Further information will be added to the website in the coming months, with the information within these pages subject to change.
This is the first year for the Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER LAG. The area (excluding Perth City, Scone and part of the Cairngorms National Park) has been awarded approximately £3.8million for projects. The previous Tayside LEADER programme allocated a total of £1.35million to Perth and Kinross during 2008-2013 and supported a total of 80 projects.
Applications are encouraged from individuals, organisations and communities, find out who is eligible and what we can support. Have a look at our previous and currently funded projects to see how diverse LEADER funding is. Feeling inspired? Then submit an expression of interest to get your project started!
Please be aware we are rapidly running out of funds for new projects, we are still accepting applications which will now join a reserve list. All applications which are submitted to join the reserve list must be fully complete with all permissions and match funding in place.
Please also keep in mind there may be other funding options you can explore too, RPK LEADER has jointly funded a project which links communities and small and micro businesses up with Crowdfunder Scotland in the Rural Perth and Kinross area to enable them to raise match funding for their project and develop crowdfunding expertise from support from Crowdfunder coaches. Contact the RPK team and we can link you up with our Crowdfunder coach!