Who can apply for LEADER funding? 

    Constituted community groups, small enterprises including social enterprises, public bodies and individuals can all apply for LEADER funding. Moray LEADER funding is available to applicants from across Moray, except for the area which lies within the Cairngorms National Park, which has its own LEADER Programme.

    What will LEADER fund?  

    LEADER will fund innovative projects that are based in Moray, or in co-operation with other areas, and that contribute to achieving the priorities and objectives of the Moray Local Development Strategy. Priorities for funding include Rural Enterprise Projects and Farm Diversification projects. You can also develop a Co-operative Project, which would be jointly funded from other areas in Scotland, or the UK or even other European states.

    What level of grant is available? 

    LEADER will usually fund up to 70% of project costs, with the remaining project costs being met through match funding. This intervention rate can vary, depending on the project being funded. 

    What support can I expect?  

    The Moray LEADER team will be available to support you at every stage of your application, and to refer you to other appropriate sources of support. 

    When will funding be available?  

    Moray LEADER funding is now open for business and will be processing its first round of applications this summer, and we expect the first round of funding to be awarded by late summer 2017. 

    What about Brexit?  

    The UK and Scottish Governments have indicated that the LEADER Programme will continue to be funded through till the end of 2020, even if the UK has left the European Union by that date. So, we expect to be able to fund projects up till then - but it makes sense to get your application in early!

    How do I apply?  

    Full details can be found in the How to Apply section. The best first step is usually to discuss your ideas with the local LEADER Team.