LEADER funding opens

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Following on from successful launch events held last month, two new European funding programmes are now open to receive applications.

LEADER Programmes for North and South Aberdeenshire are seeking applications from rural businesses and communities for a wide range of projects.

Funding will be allocated for projects which contribute to key themes identified in Local Development Strategies, such as connectivity, business competitiveness, the environment and people and place.

The funds are managed by partnerships known as Local Action Groups.

South Aberdeenshire Local Action Group Chair, Liam Smyth, said: “I am pleased to announce that the South Aberdeenshire LEADER programme is open for business. We have been allocated around £2.8 million from the European Union and Scottish Government which will make a real difference to our communities and economy. I would encourage any groups or businesses who have project ideas in line with our priorities to apply by visiting the South Aberdeenshire Local Action Group website.”

Deadline for the first round of applications is January 29, call 01467 628443.