Tyne Esk LEADER
Tyne Esk LEADER was a funding stream for rural Midlothian and rural East Lothian. This included both regions apart from the urban centres of Dalkeith and Musselburgh.
The aim of LEADER was to increase support to local rural communities and business networks to build knowledge and skills. LEADER also encouraged innovation and co-operation in order to deliver local development objectives.
Tyne Esk LEADER was based in Midlothian Council, the 'Accountable Body'. It was however governed by the Local Action Group, a decision making body comprising members from Midlothian and East Lothian. This included representatives from community groups, rural businesses, voluntary sector organisations, agriculture; and advisors from local government and national agencies.
Local needs and objectives to be met by applicants had been determined by the Tyne Esk Local Development Strategy. This was commissioned in 2014 to evaluate the area and outline the challenges faced by the rural community. Please also see our Business Plan.
LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support to communities for rural development in the EU. In Scotland, it formed part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) and was EU/Scottish Government funded. The fund still operates across the EU.
The aim of LEADER is to increase support to local rural community and business networks to build knowledge and skills, and encourage innovation and cooperation in order to tackle local development objectives.