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Support for LEADER local development (CLLD), including support for LEADER Local Action Groups and the delivery of Local Development Strategies.

The LEADER approach is associated with local empowerment through local strategy development and resource allocation. The main tool for the application of this approach to area development and involving local representatives in decision-making is the LEADER Local Action Group (LAG).

LEADER is a form of Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). Through a process of stakeholder engagement, building the capacity of target groups and co-operation, the problems faced and opportunities available to an area are recognised and potential solutions are piloted.    

The LAG designs and implements a Local Development Strategy for their area, developing a partnership approach to effect social and economic development.  The results of experimental work under LEADER are disseminated and can inform future rural development.

Activities under LEADER must be consistent with at least one of the five LEADER themes for Wales:

  • adding value to local identity and/or natural and/or cultural resources
  • facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains
  • exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services
  • renewable energy at community level
  • exploitation of digital technology.

Selection of Activities or Projects

The Local Action Group is the decision making body for project selection.  All projects must contribute towards the priorities identified in their Local Development Strategy.

There are 18 Local Action Groups in Wales covering eligible wards in 21 Local Authority areas.

For information on your Local Action Groups and copies of the supporting Local Development Strategy for each area please visit the Wales Rural Network pages, where you will also be able to source examples of past LEADER projects.