14 projects across Argyll and the Islands have secured a share of almost £600,000 of LEADER funding - awarded to community led projects that support economic growth and development across the area.
The LEADER programme is administered by Argyll and Bute Council and grants are awarded by the Local Action Group (LAG) to projects which fits with its Development Strategy and with match funding almost £1.2 million will be invested across the area.
Iain MacInnes, chair of Argyll and the Islands LEADER LAG said:
“I am pleased to see these awards being made, helping to strengthen and support the local economy within Argyll and the Islands. The community led focus of LEADER recognises the unique natural and cultural heritage within our area. Despite recent uncertainties over EU Funding, I am pleased that LEADER funding will continue over the next few years.”
The Argyll and the Islands LAG had identified strengthening of the local economy and enhancing the area for residents, visitors and investors as key and encouraged applications which will help develop a strong local economy.
Virginia Sumsion, from Food from Argyll, said: “The LEADER funding has enabled will enable Food from Argyll take on long term developments which will benefit food and drink producers in the area as well as helping with infrastructure and depopulation issues.”
Sheila Gilmour, Executive Director of Visit Arran, said:
"Visit Arran is delighted to have received LEADER funding which will enable us to develop the ArranCard to be used in all sectors of Arran business, accommodation, activity, attraction and food and drink. The ArranCard will be a one-stop credit card style gift voucher that can be used all over Arran, making us the first island destination to run such a scheme.”
The organisations and projects awarded LEADER funding are:
Arran Theatre and Arts Trust: Arts Co-ordinator and Finance Officer £21,994.00
Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust: ACT Hubs £41,913.00
VisitArran: Arran Destination Card £8,412.00
Campbeltown Community Business Ltd: The Centenary Project £12,271.50
J K & C Bone: Glenkiln Riding Centre £47,628.50
Argyll Food Producers: Developing and Growing Argyll Food Economy £45,367.00
Scottish Canals: Crinan Canal Active Travel & Tourist Towpath £123,804.00
Marketing Mull & IonaMull and Iona Marketing Organisational £10,769.62
Taynuilt Sports Council: Access Improvement Works £12,799.60
Tiree Community Business Ltd: Gott Bay Moorings £23,150.00
Argyll and Bute Council: CHArts Place Partnership Plan £160,000.00
Argyll Small Woods Coop: Feasibility study of a shared forester resource £5,000.00
Argyll and Bute Council: Dunoon Town Centre Community Engagement £10,200.00
Argyll and Bute Council: Rothesay Cultural and Heritage Engagement £65,800.00
The Argyll and the Islands LAG is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER 2014-2020 programme.