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CNPA welcomes funding boost for LEADER+ programme

1st March 2005

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has welcomed the Scottish Executive’s announcement that the Cairngorms LEADER+ programme is set to receive an extra £300,000.

LEADER+ is a European funded initiative which aims to help local communities to make the best use of the natural and cultural resources. The Cairngorms LEADER+ programme, which is supported by the CNPA, targets funds at projects involving women, young people and the natural environment.

Minister for the Environment and Rural Development, Ross Finnie made the announcement today (Tuesday 1 March) at a rural development conference at Airth Castle.

Cairngorms LEADER+ Programme Manager, Patricia Hamilton said: “This is great news for the Cairngorms, where a range of LEADER+ funded projects are making a real difference to communities in and around the National Park.

“Emerging projects which will benefit from the additional funds include adult learning initiatives’ and conservation and walking to health projects. There is also support for the Cairngorms Farmers Marketing Group, renewable energy projects in village halls and various arts and music projects.

“Cairngorms LEADER+ has been one of the best performing LEADER+ programmes in Scotland and it is encouraging that this high take up of funds has been recognised by the Scottish Executive.”

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