The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

£6.76million funding programme for
Ayrshire rural communities launched

COMMUNITIES throughout South Ayrshire met at Maybole Town Hall to hear how they can benefit from the newly launched LEADER Ayrshire Programme. The launch was facilitated by South Ayrshire Council on behalf of the Ayrshire Local Action Group (LAG).

[Pictured at the launch are (left to right) Marion Young, Enterprise Support Officer; Councillor Alec Oates, Chair of the Council’s Rural Panel; Sarah Baird, Ayrshire LEADER Programme Co-ordinator; and Councillor Hugh Hunter, Leader of South Ayrshire Council. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Councillor Alec Oates, Chair of South Ayrshire Council’s rural Panel said: “LEADER aims to promote economic and community development that will create opportunities for all those who live in rural areas across mainland Ayrshire.

“Funding is available within Ayrshire rural settlements with a population of up to 10,000. Applications that support projects benefiting the rural community can be made by community organisations and public sector bodies. Individuals, who have public support for projects that are community driven and benefit wide sections of the community, can also apply.

“As LEADER match-funds, there is the potential for rural Ayrshire to receive £6.76 million. The £3.38 million funding programme runs until 2013 and will be delivered through the LAG, a robust partnership of private and public organisations, they are keen to hear about innovative pilot projects.”

This is the first of many events that will take place across the Ayrshire area in promoting and increasing awareness of how LEADER can help revitalise rural communities and support in building rural community capacity.

Further launches will be held across Ayrshire, on Tuesday 9 December 2008 at Cumnock Town Hall from 6.30pm until 8.30pm and on Wednesday 10 December 2008 at Dalry Public Hall from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

For further information on the exciting new LEADER programme and forthcoming events visit or contact the LEADER team on 01292 673765 or e-mail

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