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Funding news - 15/03/2017

Scottish Borders LEADER Deadline Approaching

The core aim of the Scottish Borders LEADER programme is to create enterprising communities.

Projects will contribute towards the three strategic priorities of the Scottish Borders Single Outcome Agreement. These priorities are to grow the Scottish Economy, reduce inequalities and to maximise impact from the low carbon agenda.

The Local Development Strategy includes five horizontal themes which are as follows: community involvement, equality and diversity, sustainable development, innovation and transferability. Furthermore, a number of development themes have been identified as contributing towards the strategic aim of creating Enterprising Communities. These themes are as follows:

  • Focus on enterprise. This includes revenue generation and sustainability.
  • Focus on support for small and micro rural businesses and social enterprises. This includes key rural sectors such as tourism, food and drink, creative industries and renewables.
  • Focus upon developing people. This will include supporting projects that will boost employment, develop community capacity and leadership or that will support employability and youth employment. This will also include supporting skills development and training opportunities and a geographic focus upon areas of rural deprivation.

Grants worth between £5,000 and £150,000 are available for public sector organisations. Up to 60% grant funding is available for community groups and up to 50% grant funding is available for public sector organisations. For businesses, grants are available at a minimum of £5,000 and a maximum of £50,000. The maximum intervention rate is 50% and so the remaining 50% of eligible costs should be provided as match funding by the applicant.

The next deadline for applications is 30 May 2017.

For further information, interested parties should visit the Scottish Borders LEADER website

Source: Scottish Borders LEADER, 15/03/2017

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