Micro Grants Launched for Capital Projects

You can now apply for micro grants for your project!

Up to £5,000 is available for community-led projects and up to £10,000 for rural enterprise and farm diversification projects.

You can apply for up to 90% of costs and decisions on grant will be made by the end of May 2018. Projects must start within three months of grant offer and be fully claimed back by 31 March 2019.

update 20/3/18 – due to volume of applications, we are not accepting any further micro grant applications – however keep your eye on future calls for applications!

For more information contact the Ayrshire LEADER office on 01292 616655 or visit the Ayrshire LEADER Facebook page.

Important Dates for 2018

Dunure Dovecote

Are you an enterprising rural business, a farmer looking to diversify from primary agriculture or want to learn and share experiences from similar organisations/groups across Scotland, UK and Europe?

We have grants available for rural enterprise, farm diversification and cooperation projects for 2018 with up to £45,000 or 50% of eligible project costs available. Co-operation projects can apply for up to 100% of costs. The first step is to get in touch with the team to discuss your idea further.

The next expression of interest deadline is Friday 18th May in order to be in the August decision making round. If your project is under £30,000 of LEADER value then it can be assessed at any time outside of the formal decision making meetings. Please get in touch to check.

Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire

Girvan Lifeboat

The Ayrshire Local Action Group (LAG) has partnered with Crowdfunder to provide a dedicated on-line platform for local groups, organisations and businesses based in rural Ayrshire to help them raise money, awareness and support using the power of the crowd.

In addition, the LAG may also make financial pledges to projects of up to a maximum of £5,000, where they meet the Programme criteria and have raised half of their on-line crowdfunding target.

If you are part of a rural community or have a business that wants to deliver projects that will foster business and enterpriseconnect people and placespromote tourism, culture and local heritage or open up opportunities to access the natural environment, this initiative could be right up your street!

We will be pleased to host a coaching workshop for your group to help you start raising funds through the crowd, if you would like to host a workshop in your community then get in touch at- info@ayrshire-leader.com.

For more information on how to apply visit the dedicated platform – http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/ayrshire-leader

Rural Enterprise, Farm Diversification & Cooperation

Ayrshire Coastal Pathways

After significant investment into community-based projects across rural Ayrshire, the funding available for community projects is currently fully committed. Over £2.5 million of LEADER grants have been committed to exciting, new and community-enhancing projects, what’s more, through this investment, an additional £2.7 million has been levered in as match-funding – that’s an incredible £5 million plus into rural Ayrshire since 2015!

But we are not finished with investing in Ayrshire yet, we still have funding available for farm diversification, rural enterprise and cooperation projects.

Single farm businesses are eligible to apply with a maximum award of £45,000 or 50% of eligible costs, whichever is the lesser.

Contact the team to discuss project ideas on info@ayrshire-leader.com or call 01292616655.  Formal expressions of interest can be submitted here: