The Leader approach is implemented by 52 local action groups (LAGs) operating in all of Finland´s rural areas as well as Leader Åland.
The Leader approach means activities, advisory services and funding to the benefit of specific regions. The aim is to strengthen and develop local communities and companies and increase the vitality of the area.
The central idea behind the Leader activities is to harness the expertise, knowledge, and activities of local residents for the development of the community. We help to develop the area’s livelyhood based on the ideas and needs of the residents.
The core idea of the Leader approach is developing the area together with the locals. This is accomplished by funding local development projects and providing help and support at all stages of project implementation. Local Action Groups activate, motivate, inform, educate, and assist those carrying out the projects. All advisory services are free of charge.
The local action groups (LAGs) operate based on their own local development strategy, which is created in collaboration with the area’s residents. The strategy guides the activities of the LAG board, as it makes decisions regarding project funding. The board is elected based on the tripartite model, where 1/3 of the members represent the local public sector, 1/3 represent local businesses, and the remaining 1/3 represent rural residents.
Locals can get involved in the LAGs’ activities by participating in events, carrying out projects, contributing to projects, or becoming members of the LAG. The members of the LAG elect the board during an annual meeting, and any member of the LAG can also be nominated as member of the LAG board.
Leader funding can be used for local development projects, as well as for projects supporting the development of local businesses. Depending on the project, the funding can cover 20–100% of the total costs of the project. Contact the LAG in your area for more information about the different types of funding.
Leader funding can be applied for by, for example, local associations, small businesses employing fewer than 10 people, municipalities, educational institutions, and foundations. The projects need to align with the LAG’s local development strategy and its goals.
Registered association that includes 200 members
Board: 12 members, 12 deputies
Youth council: 10 members (age 16 to 25) + one board member
Business council: 8 members
We get public funding 5,7 M€
(EU 43% + state 37% +municipalities 20%)
In addition 35% private money
Total 8,8 M€ for rural development
•Theme? Learning from each other? Youth work?
•Study visit without a project
The youth is one of the four main topics in Leader Liiveri’s strategy. For the whole area it is essential that all the young people are involved and participate in developing the area. The backround area for the two youth projects is that young people should have the possibility to make an impact and their voices are heard in decision-making.
In the two youth projects – Young people taking part (06/2021 – 08/2023) & Young people taking part 2.0 (09/2023 – 12 / 2024) the main goal is to find and bring new possibilities for the young people to make an impact in the area. This happens for example by bringing the young people and the local decision makers together, spreading information and helping to create and find local, national, and international possibilities for the young people and youth workers. In the project we also search new ways and platforms for the young people to bring up their ideas, finding new ways to activate and communicate with young people, organize events in co-operation with youth services and other organizations in the area.
We also want to help the young people and the youth workers and other youth related actors to communicate and network better. Youth services in the municipalities, youth boards, Youth Guidance Centers and other youth groups and associations are also involved in the project.
Main activities we have been doing in the project?
For more information, please contact participation designer Noora Riippi.
040 513 1824