Tyne & Esk Rural Communities Development Fund

Tyne & Esk Rural Communities Development Fund is part of the Scottish Government's Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Rural Programme. 

It involves the community in a similar way to the previous LEADER Programme where decisions are made 'bottom up' by local people who form the Local Action Group (LAG).

The overarching aim of the funding is to increase support to local rural communities, individuals and businesses advancing inclusion, equality and diversity.

The eligible area covers rural East Lothian and Midlothian excluding the urban areas of Musselburgh and Dalkeith but including Wallyford and Whitecraig and Dalkeith Country Park. 

CLLD offers 

  • small grants for projects of different sizes and types
  • support during the whole funding process, so you will never feel alone
  • community representatives who ensure funding is spent wisely across the rural communities in East Lothian and Midlothian.

Funding is limited and therefore restricted to:

  • Revenue Expenditure: maximum £10,000
  • Capital Expenditure: min £5,000 and maximum £30,000

Submit an expression of interest

Visit the Tyne & Esk website to complete the form:

Expression of interest form

Funding key dates

Date Fund milestone
12 June 2023 Fund opens and an Expression of Interest Form (EoI) should be completed and submitted
26 June 2023 Final date for EoI Forms to be submitted. The LAG will consider and decide which submissions fit best with the funding criteria and invite selected projects to complete a full application form 
3 July 2023 Applications open 
24 July 2023 Applications close at midnight
7 August 2023
(week beginning)
LAG Meeting and Offer of Grant letters issued
28 February 2024 All projects must be fully completed by this date 
31 March 2024 All funding must be paid out before this date