Outer Hebrides LEADER

Application Deadlines and LAG Meeting Dates PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 July 2016 15:17



The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme are seeking applications from businesses and community groups who would like to introduce and develop new and innovative ideas focussing around young people, crofting diversification, renewables and new activities for visitors and locals to enjoy and experience.

Funding is limited and the next deadline for applications for projects seeking LEADER support is Wednesday 11th October 2017.  Prospective applicants should initially submit an expression of interest and a LEADER officer will then contact you to discuss your proposal, its eligibility and the next steps.


The LAG are only seeking projects which target at least one of the following priorities:

- Sectoral:

  • Renewables
  • Crofting Diversification
  • Tourism projects that can clearly demonstrate they will provide compelling reasons to visit the Outer Hebrides outwith the peak season (i.e. in October to April). 

Accommodation related projects will generally not be supported unless they are located in specific areas where there is a lack of 1 night accommodation for users of the Hebridean Way and ensuring displacement is taken into consideration.       


Target Groups:

  • Young People (up to 25 years old)
  • Women and Older People also to be considered



All areas are eligible to apply to the programme however projects are invited from the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership Target Areas of Benbecula, North Uist and Stornoway West, and Barra.


Co-operation Projects:


All projects must:

  • As per the LEADER ethos Innovation is a key requirement of all applications
  • All applications submitted must have match funding in place

Ideally projects should have match funding in place by the application submission deadline and must demonstrate innovative solutions to support community and economic development of the Outer Hebrides. Projects must not have started, show that they will benefit the local community, be completely different to what the enterprise is already offering and not displace other existing businesses. LEADER can support both capital and revenue projects including new products and services, initiatives and creating new networking opportunities.

Projects which aim to develop networking opportunities and learn new skills from their counterparts in other LEADER areas in Scotland, UK, Europe or further afield can also be considered and separate funding is available to support these. Co-operation projects can focus on any sector and will attract a higher intervention rate if assisted.

Due to limited funding currently being available this may be the final call for applications for the Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme therefore please contact the LEADER team at your earliest opportunity should you wish to discuss your proposal.

Please submit an Expression of Interest or further information please contact the LEADER team -  Conatct Us


2017 Application Deadlines

Wednesday 11th October


Scheduled LAG Meetings

25th July 2017

26th September 2017

28th November 2017

30th January 2018

27th March 2018

29th May 2018


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 15:04

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