LEADER is an acronym -  Liaison Entre Action de Development de l’Economic Rurale or Links between Actions for the Development of the Rural Economy.

LEADER is essentially a European funding programme for rural development. In Scotland, it is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) and is therefore also part funded from Scottish Government funds and voluntary modulation.

Ayrshire Local Action Group’s (LAG) Community-Led Local Development Strategy (CLLDS) is firmly grounded in the identified needs and wishes of people who live and work in rural Ayrshire and addresses the key priorities of rural Ayrshire in supporting economic growth through diversifying the rural economy, environmental sustainability and vibrant rural and coastal communities.

The Ayrshire LEADER programme plays an important role in the implementation of both EU and Scottish policies, through providing an opportunity for communities, small businesses, public agencies and the third sector to identify their local objectives and needs, setting out how these will be achieved. Projects funded through Ayrshire LEADER secure investment to support projects and initiatives that stimulate action, support social inclusion and provide solutions to the areas challenges.

Ayrshire Coastal Pathways
Rural Enterprise, Farm Diversification & Cooperation
After significant investment into community-based projects across rural Ayrshire, the funding available for community projects is currently fully committed. Over
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Our Vision
To provide the investment to inspire, build confidence and strengthen local communities and business, generating new opportunities to support resilience and well being across Ayrshire.