How to apply

LEADER animation from ScottishRuralNetwork on Vimeo.

Watch our short animation above to find out about the application process for LEADER.

  • LEADER is primarily a rural fund - check the Local Development Strategy areas map for eligible areas
  • Proposed projects must support the aims and priorities of the relevant LAG's Local Development Strategy. You can find summaries of Local Development Strategies and contact details in our Local Action Groups section
  • Any type of organisation can apply for funding

If you have an idea for a LEADER project you can complete an Expression of Interest form. The submission of an EoI is the first formal step in applying for LEADER funding.

It is your opportunity to present the outline project to the Local Action Group staff.

You can find out more about the process in the guidance EoI Guidance - Applicant - Version 2 - 31 March 2017.

Graphic showing the LEADER application process

Guidance on how to apply for LEADER funding

Further guidance on applying for LEADER is available in our LEADER guidance section. Please note that there are two sets of guidance available - one for potential applicants and one for Local Action Groups.