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Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) Fund

The Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) Fund replacement to EU rural development fund LEADER.  It is part of the Scottish Government's Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme.   It operates similar, bottom-up decision making to Ayrshire LEADER, delivered by representatives from the local area, the Local Action Group (LAG). It is administered by South Ayrshire Council, and supported in 22/23 by a partnership of Volunteer Action South Ayrshire (VASA) and The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT).


The fund is now closed for 22/23, but funding has been confirmed for 23/24 and details on this will be announced in quarter 1 of 23/24. Meantime if you have any enquiries please direct them to

ARIA Fund Foundation Documents

ARIA Fund LAG Meetings

The ARIA Fund LAG meets on a regular basis.  The minutes for the meetings are available below.

Ayrshire LEADER 2014-20 Programme Evaluation