How will the programme work?

Communities, village groups and organisations working in the programme area are invited to submit project proposals that meet the programme themes and objectives (see the Local Development Strategy). Projects will be commissioned by the Local Action Group (LAG), a steering group for the programme. The LAG will be serviced by a programme team comprising a programme manager and animator. The programme manager and animator will also work directly with community and other groups to develop project applications and steer them through the commissioning processes.
The programme provides for two different types of projects:
  1. Medium to large scale community projects (for more that £5000) delivered by one or more communities. These projects would be expected to leave a lasting legacy in their area(s) contributing to the sustainability of rural services and /or businesses. These projects will receive a cash grant to carry out any project activities approved as part of their delivery plan but will also need to be capable of administering the project finances and meet reporting requirements. The project team will be available to help support these projects. A small number of networking and cooperation projects aiming to build meaningful, sustainable links with other LAGs elsewhere in the UK or EU will also be supported.
  2. Medium to large scale support or service projects (for more than £5000) delivered by groups or organisations that would be expected to have identified community demand and need for certain types of activities (e.g. allotments, community orchards, summer events) and to have formulated novel ways of meeting this demand. These projects will be expected to serve a range of communities or produce outputs across the whole, or substantial part of the programme area. In this case services provided could include the purchase of materials, training and other resources but could not be cash grants. The programme team will assist in linking communities and other groups with these services.

The LDS also makes provision for smaller projects (for less than £5000) within the programme in three different ways:

  1. they will be actively encouraged to join together to either form, or link into, larger projects (see 1 above) which can deliver correspondingly larger outputs. The programme team will actively assist in this process and help groups or communities to come together to deliver larger projects.
  2. they will be directed to larger support or service projects (see 2 above) which can provide them with the training and resources they need to realise their specific projects and activities within the framework of the larger project. The programme team will also actively assist in this process.
  3. they will be signposted to other sources of funding if the project team feels that the ideas will be better served, and the resources required will be easier to obtain, by these alternative means.
Whilst there is no upper limit to project size, all will be expected to deliver outputs proportional to the amount of funding requested. That is, larger projects will need to demonstrate wide community engagement, deliver more outputs, and achieve greater impact and outcomes for rural communities. The outputs have been defined in the LDS and include community arts projects and village events, community growing projects, projects linking rural industries (farms etc.) with communities, and cooperation projects with other regional, national and international LEADER partnerships.
Calls for projects will be made on the project themes. The calls will highlight areas in which the LAG wishes projects to deliver and will be prioritised by the LAG for appraisal and commissioning. However the LAG does not wish to exclude groups or organisations that have ideas for projects outside the scope of any particular call and these groups are encouraged to directly contact the programme team with ideas that fit with the LDS even though they are not the subject of current calls.

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