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The "LEADER" measure supports selected regions in the implementation of projects according to the Regional Development Concepts (REK) of the LEADER regions. The activities of a LEADER region are managed by a Local Action Group (LAG). It represents committed citizens, representatives of various institutions and public bodies from the region; it consists of at least half of economic and social partners.

Under the leadership of the LAG, local actors are actively involved in the development and implementation of integrated and cross-theme development concepts in a so-called bottom-up approach.

Each LEADER region has EU funding from the Rural Development Programme (PFEIL), which enables actors to implement projects from their REK. The decision on the use of the funds is taken by the region on its own. There are few content requirements for project funding in LEADER regions – funding via LEADER is therefore particularly predestined for the development and testing of innovative approaches.

Funding is provided on the basis of the REK:

  • Projects for the implementation of the REK,
  • Cooperation projects between different regions, including corresponding initiation costs

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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