A great new guide to the Scottish LEADER Programme 2007-2013 was launched yesterday at the Scottish LEADER conference by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead.
The publication, developed by Scottish LEADER Coordinators, includes information on each of the 20 LEADER Local Action Groups in Scotland with three short project case studies ranging from Aberdeenshire's Banff Coast Tourism programme to West Lothian's Armadale Unique Youth Space project.
Around 120 people, including representatives from each of the Scottish LEADER Local Action Groups attended the conference at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness to hear from a range of speakers, take part in workshops and network.
Mr Lochhead said, "Across Scotland, a vast array of projects has been supported by LEADER and this brochure highlights just what funding can help communities achieve.
"LEADER enables enthusiastic local people, businesses and organisations to help make their dreams a reality, building stronger communities that are equipped for the challenges of the 21st century.
"But this guide is just a snapshot of what LEADER has achieved - everything from community hubs to festivals, sports projects and environmental schemes - and I am sure it will inspire more people to develop innovative project ideas.
"Rural Scotland's greatest asset is its people who are often best placed to know what their communities need and it is this grass roots knowledge which LEADER nurtures and supports."