Leader funding for Ayrshire groups

Community groups and organisations in Ayrshire have the opportunity to apply for £455,000 of funding for new and pilot projects across rural mainland Ayrshire, thanks to funding secured by the Ayrshire LEADER Local Action Group (LAG).

Since its launch in 2008, Ayrshire LEADER has awarded £3.67 million of grants to 92 projects supporting £8.25 million of total project costs.

Chris Savage, Chair of the LAG said: “The Local Action Group has invested in a number of truly exciting and innovative concepts and projects in the last three years, with a range of projects now completed and many more making great progress across rural Ayrshire.

“Projects the LAG has supported to date include Kirkmichael Village Community Shop Start-up, the Scottish Dark Sky Park Observatory Group for Reaching the Stars and West Kilbride Community Environmental Group for the Glenside Green Gym.

“We are seeing the benefits of LEADER investment and the LAG wish to ensure that the remaining funds continue to be invested to maximum benefit.

“The main aims of the Ayrshire programme are to support community based projects that will assist in revitalising rural communities and building rural community capacity which will achieve the principles of LEADER.

“As LEADER can only fund up to 50% of eligible project cots, it means community groups and organisations will need to either have their match-funding in place or else be able to move quickly to secure it from another source.

“With limited funds and expected high demand, the final round will be very competitive, so I would urge groups to get applications in early.”