To be eligible for support from the LEADER programme, your project must contribute to one or more of the activities and targets set out in the Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER Programme Local Development Strategy and the Business Plan found at the bottom of this page.
The LEADER application process has two key stages, both must be completed before being submitted to the Local Action Group for consideration:
Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EoI) : Completing and submitting the EoI
Expression of Interest
The submission of an EoI is the first step in applying for LEADER funding. It is your opportunity to present your initial ideas/needs to the Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Team and the relevant Local Action Group subgroup.
At this stage, there is no requirement for a full project plan to be in place.
The EoI is submitted through the Scottish Rural Network www.ruralnetwork.scot/funding/leader . You must answer all the questions on the form (within the required fields). Once you have completed all the relevant sections you can submit it. Your form will be sent direct to the Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER Team who will then contact you to discuss the form with you. Follow up work may include a meeting and/or a request for clarification/further information. Once more information is obtained and the initiative demonstrates it will meet the objectives of the LEADER programme, the Team will then advise you whether or not the proposal should proceed to full application and guide you towards match funding that you might be eligible to apply for. You will be invited to complete the Application Form.
Applicants submitting an EoI for a cooperation project (more than one Local Action Group area) must submit the EoI to the Local Action Group, listing the other LAG areas that you anticipate the project covering.
Your EoI will be assessed for:
- fit with the relevant Local Development Strategy
- suitability for LEADER funding
- level of funding requested
If the LEADER Team do not agree to your proposal proceeding, you will be provided with feedback on why the EoI was rejected alongside suggestions for future submission or alternative potential funding options.
If your EoI is approved to proceed you will be invited to complete the Application Form.
Note: the acceptance of your EoI at this stage is not a guarantee of future funding. The Local Action Group has absolute discretion in the determination of an application for LEADER funding.
Stage 2: Making an Application
Making an Application
If your proposal proceeds to application, the LEADER Team will be on hand to work with you to develop your idea and advise you on match funding options.
Using the guidance, formal applications should be submitted through the Scottish Government LARCS online system when it becomes available in Spring 2016. In the meantime you will be invited to complete a paper application form if your initial Expression of Interest (EoI) is successful.
Next Steps - visit Assessment & Approvals
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