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    New Year review for Moray LEADER’s Development Strategy

    Posted on 20 December 2017

    The Moray LEADER Local Action Group is to review the Moray Local Development Strategy and they have launched a short consultation asking for suggestions about how it can be improved and brought more up to date.

    They say this is important because of the high level of interest in applying for LEADER funding, and the limited funds available for very popular priorities such as tourism.

    The Local Action Group assess LEADER funding applications to make sure they fit with the local strategy and to decide which ones will receive LEADER funding. The strategy has six key objectives relating to employability and social enterprise; food and drink; tourism; access to services; energy efficiency and renewable energy; and supporting small businesses.

    Moray LEADER Programme Manager Norman MacAskill said: 

    “Our Local Action Group decides what project applications will get LEADER funding based on how well they fit with the Local Development Strategy. It is now time for that strategy to be refreshed and updated.

    “We are delighted that the level of interest in Moray LEADER has exceeded our expectations, but that also brings hard choices for the Local Action Group on which applications to approve. We want to make sure those choices are informed by a renewed and strengthened Local Development Strategy.

    “The total funding available for projects is around £3 million. We have already committed more than £500,000 in the first round of project applications, and we know there are dozens more in the pipeline.

    “So there is a limit to how much Moray LEADER can pay out for projects matching each of our strategic objectives. For example, we have had a lot of enquiries about tourism projects but the limited pot of funding for this priority means that some applicants will be disappointed.

    “We don’t anticipate making huge changes to the strategy but we want to ensure that it reflects the needs of the Moray economy and the aspirations of Moray communities and businesses for 2018.

    “So we are simply asking everyone who is interested to go online, read the strategy and then answer a few short questions about it.”

    The online consultation can be found here, or responses and suggestions can be emailed to info@morayleader.org.uk no later than Friday 26 January 2018.