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Approved Projects

As part of the November 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 School - 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