Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund

From Monday 13 September 2021, not-for-profit community groups in rural areas can apply for funding up to £50k to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities. The fund closes at 12noon on Friday 8 October 2021. For more information on criteria, guidance and application form, visit the Inspiring Scotland website.


LEADER is a European funding programme which supports rural community and business projects. In Scotland it is delivered as part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) in partnership with Local Action Groups (LAGs).

The Scottish Borders LEADER programme 2014-20 is now closed to new applicants due to shortage of funds and no new funds are anticipated.

LEADER programme logo including The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Scottish Government, LEADER, Scottish Rural Development Programme and ourselves