Rural Fund Launch For Communities and Businesses

Rural Fund Launch For Communities and Businesses

A £2.8million LEADER rural development fund is being launched for the Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER Programme. Communities and businesses are invited to join the organisers to discuss possible project ideas.

The LEADER Programme welcomes innovative ideas with a community and business focus, which struggle to get funded by other development grants. The programme now covers a wide area from near Milngavie across to Falkirk, so the launch will be held midway, at Colzium House, Kilsyth, 5:30pm for 6pm on 29th October. Attendees will hear from projects funded in the past programme, and from staff running the current programme. The event requires booking, to allow catering for a light buffet. You can book through the website or by phoning 01324 506065.

Ian Howarth, Chair of the group who manage the fund, is enthusiastic about the launch “LEADER funding awarded to the new Kelvin Valley & Falkirk programme provides a wonderful opportunity to make a difference across the new LEADER area for the benefit of all.  The fund will assist local communities in the area to make positive differences, to create a better place to live and improve links between communities and heritage and employment”.

“We would be delighted to have you attend our launch event, and to discuss your further involvement. Moreover if you would like to take a small area at our launch to display anything about your organisation or business, we’d like that too, and can discuss the details if you get in touch.”

Details of the map of eligible areas, and the strategy for the fund, can also be found on the website.

Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER Local Action Group is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER 2014-2020 programme.


Contact: David Tollick, Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER Programme

Direct dial 01324 506065



Notes to Editors:

  • LEADER (Liaisons Entre Actions de Developement de L’Economie Rurale /Links between actions for the development of the rural community) is a European Union community initiative aimed at promoting economic and community development within rural areas.
  • Falkirk Council hosts the LEADER programme on behalf of a programme board comprised of community interests, rural, tourism and heritage agencies the third sector, and two other councils, east Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire.
  • LEADER Programmes are run in almost every part of rural Scotland.