Outer Hebrides LEADER
The Outer Hebrides LEADER programme covers the entire Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area. The Outer Hebrides is a group of islands located off the north-west coast of Scotland. The main islands are Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra. The Outer Hebrides is one of the most sparsely populated areas in Scotland, with nine people per square kilometre compared with the Scottish average of 68.
The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 Programme will not only support communities to provide them with the tools to develop innovative projects but also enable small rural businesses to embed and flourish whilst also enabling new opportunities to be created through aiding sustainable crofting and farm diversification projects. Social and economic actions will be proactively developed to support innovative community-led local development within the rural economy of the Outer Hebrides.
Aims and objectives
Key objectives of the Outer Hebrides LEADER and (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund) EMFF 2014-2020 Local Development Strategy are to:
- Promote renewable energy and efficiency
- Support and develop rural services and facilities
- Develop and aid new tourism initiatives – focusing on natural, archaeological, creative, cultural and Gaelic heritage
- Support and encourage the development of Small and Medium Enterprises and community enterprises
- Develop crofting related ideas and encouraging diversification
- Support community fisheries and marine initiatives
- Network with Local Action Groups in Scotland, UK and Europe
There is a strong commitment within Highlands and Islands, including other Scottish island groups, to deliver more cooperation projects in the 2014-2020 LEADER programme.