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Outer Hebrides LEADER Approves its first 3 Projects!


Outer Hebrides LEADER Update

LAG Statement 

The new deadline for the next round of LEADER applications is Wednesday 19th October. This has been brought forward as a result of recent correspondence received from Scottish Government, who have confirmed that they will honour all committed signed off projects up until the UK Government Autumn Statement date (23rd November).   Until they form a response to the Statement, the Scottish Government cannot guarantee funding after this date, and LAG areas have been advised not to expect to receive notification and detail of this until early 2017.   

Therefore, applicants applying to the round must have secured, or at least be close to securing, the full match funding package, as well as realistically being able to meet all conditions timeously, in order to avoid any risk with the projects proceeding.  This will provide the LEADER team with the opportunity to ensure all paperwork is received and reports are developed and sent to LAG members promptly for scoring.  That will allow the team enough scope to send out letters of offer and receive the signed grant acceptances back into the LEADER office to ensure everything is signed off by 22nd November at the latest.

The Outer Hebrides LEADER Programme 2014-2020 will continue ‘business as usual’ beyond 23rd November, receiving Expressions of Interest and supporting applicants in bringing their applications forward, but will not be able to approve applications until the Scottish Government’s position is made clear.



Eaglais na h Aoidhe Phase 1 c

 Photograph of the Eaglais na h-Aoidhe Phase 1 Project, supported by OH LEADER 2007-2013 Programme


The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme was awarded over £3million. We have now officially opened and are accepting Expressions of Interests from prospective applicants. Once your expression of interest is assessed, we will invite you to complete an application form. Application deadlines are the last Wednesday of each month (except December) and decisions for applicants requesting less than 75k will be within 5weeks and for applicants looking for grants exceeding 75k, decisions will be within 10weeks.  

For more information and assistance please click here to visit 2014-2020 Programme Updates page or visit our Submit an Expression of Interest page if you are ready to do so.

Click here to view the full Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Development Strategy - Outer Hebrides LEADER and EMFF 2014-2020 Local Development Strategy

The previous Programme, LEADER Innse Gall 2007-2013 was a great success and assisted a total of 111 Projects in the Outer Hebrides. 
To find out more about the Projects assisted, please view 'Approved Projects' from the Menu on the left-hand side.

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