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The Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER programme is open for applications; we would welcome early discussions regarding potential project ideas.

LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support for rural development, aimed at increasing the capacity of the local rural communities and businesses by building knowledge and skills, encouraging innovation and co-operation, and attempting to tackle local development needs.

LEADER 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 new Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Funding programme (2014 – 2020), the Local Action Group, 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 Local Action Group (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.

The LAG is made up of representatives from local businesses, public and third sector organisations. They have invested considerable time learning from the previous funding review and identifying the priorities for rural Perth and Kinross and developing the Local Development Strategy (LDS). They are now are set implement the LDS and allocate the £3.8 million of the funding for the area.

LEADER is especially interested in forging links between groups working on related projects so they can combine forces for mutual benefit and the LAG will support a broad range of rural projects, under 2 main objectives:

  • ‘Promote a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economy’
  • ‘Creating a safe a sustainable place for future generations’.

The priority areas include:

  • Community capacity building
  • Support to SME’s
  • Community broadband
  • Youth initiatives

A Challenge Open Fund will also support other projects alongside the priority projects.

If you wish to discuss LEADER further please the LEADER Team.


PK Leader

Environmental Services
Perth & Kinross Council
Pullar House
35 Kinnoull Street
Perth, PH1 5GD


01738 477 963


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