An inspiring LEADER-funded project from Aberdeenshire has been chosen to be a showcase for Community Led Local Development in Scotland. Social Enterprise Boyndie Trust on the Banffshire Coast is featured in a case-study and short film, published on the Scottish Rural Development Website. Projects are urged to come forward to access the fund, as millions are still available in North East Scotland.
The North Aberdeenshire Local Action Group have been allocated £3.3m of LEADER funding from the Scottish Government and the EU. The group, NALAG for short, can use this to provide grant support to inspiring and innovative projects in Banff and Buchan, Buchan and Formartine. Launched in November 2015, the programme is underspent and looking for projects to come forward.
NALAG Chair Duncan Leece said: “We are really looking for inspiring projects that will trigger change and improvement in our communities. We can fund business start-up and development, community projects and facilities, social enterprise and a lot more besides. We can also provide mentoring and support through project planning and management, which can be daunting for people taking on something new and innovative. If it’s going to help communities, grow the rural economy or create jobs, we want to hear about it!”
Programme Co-ordinator Flick Millar said: “There has been a little uncertainty around the EU referendum but we now have a clear message of Business as Usual for this programme. There is still a large part of our allocation unspent. We have allocated funding for business, community facilities and projects, sustainable transport and e-services. We also have funds for enterprising farm diversification projects, and projects involving co-operation with other parts of Scotland or the EU. I would urge anyone with an idea or question to get in touch.”
Information on the North Aberdeenshire LEADER programme can be found at www.nalag.org.uk, or contact email@example.com, 01467 534465. The Boyndie Trust case study can be found at https://www.ruralnetwork.scot/case-studies.