Rural Communities Development Fund

Community Led Local Development (CLLD) aims to provide routes to better economic opportunities for people and business in East Lothian and Midlothian. 

CLLD is delivered through the Tyne & Esk Local Action Group (LAG) which oversees funding for projects in order to achieve the objectives of their Community Led Vision.

About Tyne & Esk Rural Communities Development Fund

Tyne Esk Local Action Group (LAG) was initially formed to deliver the EU LEADER funding across rural communities in East Lothian and Midlothian.   Following the UK exit from Europe, the Scottish Government wanted to continue the locally led development and created a new funding stream for Community Led Local Development (CLLD).

The current Tyne & Esk LAG has 11 Members, with a Chair and Vice Chair who are elected by the Members. Members have mostly been recruited through an open and transparent recruitment process and are selected through an application form on the basis of fit with a skills matrix based on the funding programme objectives.   Some of our members were previous applicants who benefited from LEADER/CLLD funding and also met the skills criteria for membership.

LAG Members are drawn from the Community, Business and Third Sector together with appointees from the Public Sector including Edinburgh College and the Economic Development Portfolio Holder Elected Members from both Midlothian and East Lothian Councils.

The LAG is strengthened with the addition of Observers who provide support and advice to the LAG including the Economic Development leads for East Lothian and Midlothian Councils, East Lothian Corporate Policy Manager, Midlothian Community Planning Partnership (CPP) Third Sector partnership lead and East Lothian Third Sector Interface (Volunteer East Lothian).

The LAG have teamed up with East Lothian Council who have taken on the accountability for and administration of the CLLD programmme as Accountable Body, on their behalf. The programme is based within the Economic Development Department and this is where the CLLD Project Officer, who has responsibility for programme delivery in partnership with the LAG, operates from.


Tyne & Esk Annual Report 2023/2024


Tyne & Esk Rural Communities Development Fund is delighted to announce free access to funding information in Rural East and Midlothian for local charitable and voluntary sector organisations

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