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Approved Projects

In December 2017 the Cairngorms LAG approved funding under the LEADER 2014-20 programme for the following project:

Mountain Bike Aberdeenshire - £36,616.20 to employ a development officer to work with the many stakeholders to develop the Aberdeenshire region as a mountain bike destination.  The project is a Co-operation Project with South Aberdeenshire, North Aberdeenshire and Cairngorms LAGs.


In August 2017 the LAG approved funding under the LEADER 2014-20 programme for the following projects:

St Margaret's - supporting community development in Braemar - up to a total of £33922.   Project aims: to recruit, appoint and engage an experienced Project Manager and Project Officer to progress the wider St Margaret’s project through the development stage to HLF round 2 submission stage.

Carr-bridge Capercaillie Framework - up to a total of £53445.  Project aims: to facilitate, encourage and support community participation and engagement in the programme of activities associated with capercaillie conservation and sustainable recreation planning around Carr-bridge.

In May 2017 the LAG approved funding under the LEADER 2014-20 programme for the following project:

Laggan Glamping - up to a total of £51482.20.  Project aims:   The aim of this project is to install 4 high quality, heated camping pods with bathrooms and basic cooking facilities to sleep 4 adults. The provision of high quality accommodation on a croft location will give visitors the authentic holiday experience outlined by surveys of tourists in the Cairngorm National Park. This will expand the already successful bed and breakfast enterprise which has been recently extended. It will secure two part-time jobs for assistants to help with catering and customer service. As part of the community benefit aspect of the project the applicant has partnership agreements in place with 2 charities for a total of 90 bed nights per year over 3 years to provide free access to accommodation when walking the East Highland Way or to provide short breaks in the Cairngorms for disadvantaged youngsters free of charge.

In February 2017 the LAG approved funding under the LEADER 2014-2020 programme for:

Spors Gaidhlig - up to a total of £90,000 Project aims: to create a sustainable human resource which can be used to grow the business and satisfy an expanding market in the future. This will mean training 2 Gaelic speaking individuals in various outdoor qualifications.

Cairngorms Nature Weekend - upt to a total of £80,636.35 Project Aims: raise awareness of the Cairngorms National Park as an outstanding place for nature, encourage people to visit and actively engage with nature, deliver positive experiences and create a sense of closeness for Cairngorms Nature, create opportunities for partners to get involved/benefit from the Cairngorms Nature Festival (through local community and business support).

Rare Invertebrates -up to a total of £51,736.99 Project Aims: to improve the conservation fortunes of 6 priority species which are: Pine hoverfly, Dark bordered beauty moth, Shining guest ant, Northern silver stiletto fly, Scabious mining bee, Kentish glory moth.

Seige Works at Castle Roy - up to a total of £91,582 Project Aims: to draw all the previous work together and complete the structure and landscape of the site to create a safe and fun place for all abilities and yet remain within the guidelines laid down by Historic Environment Scotland.


As part of the November 2016 round of project approvals the following LEADER 2014-2020 funding was awarded:

Braemar Castle Conservation Project - a total of £50,046.07 to appoint a project manager for a 3 year period subject to funding for major works in the castle being successful, and for undertaking a visitor experience study.

Ballinluig Farmhouse Restoration - a total of £121,111.37 to restore the derelect farmhouse at Ballinluig Farm to provide accessible self-catering accommodation and preserve a piece of local heritage.  As part of the community benefit clause the applicant has formed partnerships with 3 local organisations to offer up to 12 weeks of free respite accommodation over the next 6 years.

Abernethy Primary Parent Council - a total of £6,000 to build an outdoor classroom in the grounds of the school for use by the schoolchildren as well as for the wider community to use.

Caberfeidh Horizons Transitition and Training Project - a total of £157,127.47 to offer more training, jobs and employment opportunities and personal development for young people and adults living in the Cairngorms National Park.

Speyside Wildlife, Wildlife ID and Guiding in the CNP - a total of £18,644.06 to set up a training scheme for wildlife identification and understanding, for use in guiding in the Cairngorms National Park.  While it is aimed at anyone who wishes to make a career/business offering wildlife guiding it is primarily aimed at young people.

Social Enterprise Academy - a total of £60,613.70 to work with local partners to bring fully-funded high quality learning in enterprise, leaderhip and social impact measurement to communities across the Park.  There are four aims of the project:

  • Grow established social enterprises in the Park
  • Stimulate the development of new social enterprises in the Park
  • Build the capacity of enterprising third sector organisations
  • Develop a small team of SEA Tutors in the Park


In August 2016 the Cairngorms Trust approved funding for the following projects under the LEADER 2014-20 programme:

Kingussie 2017 - a total of £106,913.20 for major improvements to the facilities at Kingussie Shinty Club.  Facilities at the pitch will be upgraded to the standard expected of a 21st century modern day sports club and, to a high enough standard that in the future Kingussie could apply to host major occasions such as National Shinty Finals and International matches.

Plantlife - a total of £135,189.53 for the recruitment of a project officer to deliver a 3 year project which aims to work across the Cairngorms National Park empowering and enabling local land managers and communities to take action for arctic alpine and Caledonian pinewood plants.

Braemar Mountain Sports Ltd - up to £41,873.44 for the provision of discreet facilities to allow those with a disability to enjoy a holiday in Braemar.

Wigwam Holidays Glenlivet/Tomintoul Development - a total of £100,000 in connection with the building of 24 self-catering wooden camping cabins in a woodland setting in Tomintoul.

Braemar Play Park - a total of £38,426.53 to upgrade and expand the play park facilties in Braemar to offer a wider range of equipment which is fully inclusive across all abilities, essential to improving the education and wellbeing and development of the children.

Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment (COPE) - a total of £20,084, in connection with opportunities for participation in orienteering in Upper Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park by complementing 3 major orienteering events in Upper Deeside in 2017/2018. 

In May 2016 The Cairngorms Trust announced their first round of funding approvals under the LEADER 2014-20 programme:
Volunteer Cairngorms, a total of £65,619 which will help develop community environmental volunteering in the National Park;
Tomintoul Discovery Centre is awarded £160,086 to redevelop Tomintoul Museum into a gateway to showcase the heritage, culture and landscape of the local area;
Building Stronger Communities in the Cairngorms National Park has been awarded £20,000 for community engagement to aid long-term strategic planning and investment in community development.

The approved projects awarded funding under the 2016 Small Grants Programme can be viewed here

To learn more about the Cairngorms LEADER programme watch this short video

To learn more about the Scottish LEADER programme watch this short video