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Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER

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!


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Previously Successful projects include:



Project & Organisation Awarded Funding


Generating a diverse and sustainable rural economy and supporting entrepreneurial activities

Glenshee Visitor Centre Glenshee Tourist Association


Jampionships Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Tourist Association


Grandtully Campsite Upgrade Scottish Canoe Association


Atholl Centre Biofuel Project, Pitlochry Atholl Baptist Centre Ltd


Access & Audience Development Plan Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


Innovation for Jobs and Financial Sustainability Comrie Development Trust


Kirkmichael Village Shop Strathardle Trading Plc


Development of Drovers' Tryst through New Marketing Initiatives Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst


Sustainable Development of Cultybraggan - Development Director Comrie Development Trust


GrowBiz Enterprising Eastern Perthshire


Developing Social Enterprise in Rural Perthshire P&K Council for the P&K Social Economy Partnership


Strengthening Highland Perthshire Communities Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership


Adding value to primary-based sector in Rural Perthshire Perth & Kinross Council


Business Support and Peer Action Learning Project Enterprising Eastern Perthshire


BEPTA - FOOD HERITAGE Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Tourist Association


Ring of Breadalbane Explorer Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative






Enhancing the natural and cultural heritage of the area

Coupar Angus Traditional Repair Course Perth & Kinross Council Youth Justice & Com


Forms of Narrative Exhibition and Workshops Perthshire Visual Arts Forum


Interpretation Scheme Explorers - The Scottish Plant Hunters Garden


Development of Atholl Country Life Museum Atholl Country Life Museum


A Laing Exposure Heritage Service, Perth & Kinross Council


Westown Training Course (in random rubble walling) Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust


Developing Hazel Coppice Managed Woodlands in Perthshire The Scottish Crannog Centre


Wild Connections - Perthshire Big Tree Country Wild Connections Partnership


Fèisean a Mhonaidh Ruaidh Fèis Spè


Dunkeld Community Archive Chapter House Museum Trust


Visitor Access to the Natural Environment (VANE) in Tayside RSPB Scotland


Enhancing the Visitor Experience at Loch of the Lowes Scottish Wildlife Trust


Historic Churchyards Project East Perthshire - Enhancement of Collace Mort House Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust


Carse of Gowrie Orchard Festival Tayside Biodiversity Partnership


Dalerb Feasibility Study The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology


Developing the Scottish Crannog Centre The Scottish Crannog Centre


Ericht Project Phase 1 Blairgowrie & Rattray Regeneration Company


Development of Atholl Country Life Museum Phase 2 Atholl Country Life Museum


Fishing for Tourists Loch Rannoch Conservation Association






Supporting local groups to develop stronger and more inclusive communities

Pitlochry in Bloom - Branching Out Pitlochry in Bloom


Errol Station Link Carse of Gowrie Group (CoGG)


Comrie Community Orchard Comrie Development Trust


Environmental Improvements to Derelict Land at Glenfarg Village Hall Glenfarg Village Hall


Perthshire Visual Arts Forum 2008 Perthshire Visual Arts Forum


Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Engagement Project Blairgowrie & Rattray Regeneration Company


Revitalising Pitlochry: Towards 2009 Pitlochry Partnership


Bankfoot School's Out Club Bankfoot School's Out Club


CVS Perth & Kinross Website CVS Perth & Kinross (PKAVS)


Perth & Kinross Village Hall Improvement Scheme Perth & Kinross Quality of Life Trust


Balbeggie Playing Fields Improvements Balbeggie Playing Fields Association


Community Polytunnel Comrie in Colour Association


Revitalising Coupar Angus Coupar Angus Regeneration Trust


Connecting Highland Perthshire Communities Heartland FM


Weller Poley Park Capt Weller-Poley Recreation Grounds Committee


Bookmark Festival Bookmark


Glentarken Bridge St Fillians Community Trust Limited


Garden Volunteer Development Co-ordinator Post Explorers - The Scottish Plant Hunters Garden


BLED Learning Journey Pitlochry Partnership


stART 2009 Strathmore Arts Festival (stART)


Following in the footsteps of Burns in the Homecoming Scotland Year Explore Aberfeldy


Blairgowrie Meeting Point Take a Pride in Perthshire




MEAD Rural Outreach Project Minority Ethnic Access Development (MEAD)


Scotlandwell Wash House Development Plan Phase 1 Take a Pride in Perthshire


Comrie Local Food Production using Eco-friendly Energy Comrie Development Trust


Crossing Borders in Aberfeldy & Highland Perthshire Hipshire Community Learning Partnership


Kinloch Memorial Hall Development Kinloch Memorial Hall Committee


Locus Aberfeldy Town Hall (LATH) Promotion Highland Perthshire Community Partnership


Pitcairngreen Community Centre Development Pitcairngreen Village Committee


Pitlochry Winter Lighting Pitlochry Community Interest Company


Fire & Ice Festival Perthshire Visual Arts Forum


The Big Sign Up - Comrie Carbon Challenge Festival Comrie Development Trust


Western Strathearn Youth & Young Families Project Western Strathearn Youth Clubs


Muthill Community Futures Consultation Muthill Public Hall Committee


People in Partnership - Community Capacity Building Take a Pride in Perthshire Association


Scotlandwell Wash House & Well Phase 2 Take a Pride In Perthshire Association


Aberuthven Village Hall Upgrade Aberuthven Village Hall Association


Muthill to Crieff Cycleway Feasibility Study Muthill Community Development Association


Aberfeldy Community Facilities Audit Aberfeldy Community Council


Kinross-shire Music Festival Kinross-Shire Local Events Organisation (KLEO)


Encouraging the development of small scale renewable projects in rural Perthshire Perth & Kinross Council


Glenfarg Trainstop Take a Pride in Perthshire Association


Access to Counselling Perth Association for Mental Health - Mindspace


Project management of the refurbishment of the Birks Cinema Friends of the Birks Cinema









Total LEADER Funding for Perth and Kinross 2008 - 2013



Links to Other LAGs, Advice & Support

The SRDP is a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, utilising some €680m of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funding plus Scottish Government match funding.

The Scottish National Rural Network aims to connect rural Scotland in all its diversity to promote economic growth and community development.
SCVO works to support people to take voluntary action to help themselves and others, and to bring about social change.

OSCR is the independent regulator and registrar for over 23,000 Scottish charities, including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities and major care providers.
Building community capacity is one of the three national priorities for community learning and development in Scotland and SCDC supports this in a number of ways. 

Community Capacity Building ACE Guide

Match Funding

Other LEADER LAGs in Scotland

Scottish Government

Scotland: National Rural Network


Key Perth & Kinross Documents :

Rural PK Publicity Requirements and Logo

Rural PK area profile [6Mb] - Description of socio, economic and environmental facts and trends in rural

Rural Perth & Kinross Local Development Strategy

Business Plan [1Mb] - Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER  Business Plan 2014-2020

Review of Rural Tayside LEADER [9Mb] - Review of Rural Tayside LEADER Programme 2008-2014

Voice Report [105kb] - Engagement - VOiCE Report

Engagement report [1Mb] - Engagement - Engagement Report

Communication Plan [641kb] - Engagement - Communication Plan

Application Form Guidance

General Applicant Guidance

Local Action Group (LAG)

The Local Action Group (LAG) is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the LEADER programme in Rural Perth and Kinross, including making decisions on applications for funding. The LAG represents a wide range of interests and is made up of representatives from the public, private and voluntary sector. The Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Local Development Strategy sets out how the 2014-2020 LEADER programme will be implemented within the area.  The strategy was produced in consultation with communities and businesses and explored the key needs and opportunities available to communities within Perth and Kinross, which could help to support the local economy and communities to become stronger and more resilient. 

Delivery of the strategy will be achieved through the development of projects which can demonstrate strong linkages with the 2 main objectives and 4 priority areas that were identified as priorities for funding.  

Registration Form to become a LAG member - Registration Form [138kb]


Jackie Brierton - LAG Chair & GrowBiz

Jackie is the Chair of the PK LEADER LAG.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in business, social enterprise, policy development and EU Funded projects.  She is the Enterprise Manager for GrowBiz, Vice-Chair of Women's Enterprise Scotland CIC and Chair of Community Enterprise Ltd.

Sub Groups: Young People


Jill Davies - LAG Vice Chair


 Ailsa Campbell - Crieff & Upper Strathearn Partnership

Ailsa is Chair of the Crieff Community Trust and sits on the Board of the Crieff Succeeds Business Improvement District.  She and her husband own a long standing bakery business in Crieff and Comrie.  She has a lot of experience in business and the 3rd sector.

Katrina MacPherson - Third Sector and Volunteering Hub

Katrina, Social Enterprise Development Officer, gives guidance to individuals, charities, community groups and existing social enterprises. She also works to develop the sector as a whole, attending Community Planning Partnership meetings and leads the Perth & Kinross Social Enterprise Network.


Alisdair Stewart - The Kinross-shire Partnership Ltd

Alisdair is Chair of the Kinross-shire Partnership. He has 40 years experience in financial sectors and is chairman of Aero Space Scientific Educational Trust, a new social enterprise (and director of its trading subsidiary - Aero Space Kinross Ltd) which aims to create an aviation and space related knowledge hub, visitor attraction and event venue.


Jim Clarkson - VisitScotland

Jim is Visit Scotland’s Regional Partnerships Director (East) and has over 30 years of private and public sector experience.  Good understanding of what a business and local groups need to do to promote their product and delivering high quality experiences to visitors.


Corrado Mella - Federation of Small Businesses

Corrado is Vice Chair for the of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Perth and Kinross Branch and represents over 1000 members of the FSB P&K Branch at the LEADER LAG. He is also the Managing Director of a medium sized Internet and Telephone Service Provider.


Bruce Patterson Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership
Ian Kelly Scottish Land & Estates
John Gregory Rural Services Scotland
Graham Huggins Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership
Gina Ford Scottish Enterprise
Jill Davies  Vice Chair
Heather McDonald Perth College UHI
Andrew Burnett Elevator / Business Gateway Services
Fraser McGowan Perth & Kinross Council
Iain Matheson Luncarty, Redgorton & Moneydie Community Council
Clare Cooper Alyth Community Development Trust
Serge Merone Perth and Kinross Council
Vicki Unite Perthshire Chamber of Commerce
Kate Maitland National Farmers' Union Scotland
David Smythe Perthshire Tourism Partnership
Kirsty Walker Aberfeldy Young Farmers




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


01738 477 963


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