Six rural projects benefit from almost £268,000 of grants
LEADER Programme already benefitting local businesses
Six projects including a bridge restoration will be given grants totalling £267,889 in the first round of LEADER programme awards throughout Midlothian and East Lothian.
An update on the £3.59 million fund is expected in the autumn statement
At the full cabinet meeting today (Tuesday), councillors heard that while both the Scottish Government and Westminster have confirmed the programme will continue, details of any changes to the current grant allocation of £3.59 million and the end date of 2020 are expected to be announced in the autumn statement on 23 November.
The deadline date still stands
This means that the deadline date of 5 December and those quarterly thereafter still stand.
The LEADER programme is a rural grant fund
The LEADER programme is a rural grant fund which is available throughout the rural areas of Scotland. It is part of the Scottish Rural Development Fund which comes from a source of European Funding.
Covers Mid and East Lothian
The Tyne Esk LEADER programme is a joint programme covering the rural areas of Midlothian and East Lothian (but excluding Dalkeith and Musselburgh). It takes its name from the two rivers which flow between East and Midlothian: the River Tyne and the River Esk.
The Tyne Esk LAG is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER 2014-2020 programme.