Decisions about what will be funded by LEADER in the New Forest will be made by the members of the Local Action Group (LAG). LAG members are drawn from private businesses (including people involved in forestry, farming and other rural businesses), the public sector and voluntary/community organisations. This ensures that LEADER funding is being used to fund local responses to identified local needs.
LAG members do not get paid and by the end of the programme will have each contributed approximately 200 hours of their time to the delivery of the programme. The LAG meets approximately every 6-8 weeks to assess submitted Outline Applications, the first stage in the grant application process.
Full grant applications, the second stage in the process, are considered by the Appraisal Advisory Group. This is a sub-group of the LAG and their role is to consider the case for funding and the viability of the business plan, which is being made by the applicant.
The LAG also ensures the New Forest LEADER Programme is being delivered according to their Local Development Strategy (LDS). This is the document which details the local priorities for funding and the overall administration of the New Forest programme and is available here: New Forest Local Development Strategy
You can find out more about New Forest LEADER Local Action Group Members here:
LAG Member profiles