Outer Hebrides LEADER

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The Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group announced recently that over £1 million has been awarded in grants to community groups and businesses across the Outer Hebrides since the programme opened for applications in April 2016.

A total of 17 community-led projects with a cumulative value of almost £3.5m have been supported by LEADER funding this year. LEADER grants of £1,036,613 have levered-in additional investment worth nearly £2.5m, which equates to over £3.30 for each £1 of LEADER grant committed.

Colin Gilmour, Chairman of the Outer Hebrides LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) said:

“The LEADER LAG is delighted to announce we have achieved a major milestone in awarding over £1m of our total LEADER allocation in the first year of the current Programme. The 17 projects supported to-date will deliver clear economic benefits through progressing income-generation opportunities, along with achieving a range of cultural and social benefit spin-offs for local communities across the Outer Hebrides.”

LEADER funding has been delivering significant community-led local development (CLLD) opportunities to local communities across the Outer Hebrides for over 25 years. The Outer Hebrides LEADER Programme is administered by a Local Action Group (LAG) comprising of private and public representatives from across a wide range of sectors. The Scottish Government allocated a total of £3.17m for the current EU LEADER Programme 2014-2020 to the Outer Hebrides LAG.

The LEADER team is accessible in the Comhairle’s Stornoway and Balivanich offices to support properly-constituted groups and small businesses with projects that create opportunities with tangible local development outputs. For information contact Donna Matheson, Outer Hebrides LEADER Co-ordinator:-

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 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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