Local Action Group
A Local Action Group (LAG) is a partnership involving representation from the local council, rural stakeholders and individuals from the local rural community. It is part of LEADER - an EU wide initiative that gives local people an opportunity to get involved and have their say in the delivery of the Rural Development Programme. The LAG was set up as ‘Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership’ and is made up of a LAG Board and Wider LAG.
The LAG Board
The LAG Board is the decision-making body responsible for the allocation of funding to projects. The Board came together initially in April 2015 and meets on a monthly basis. It was established as a company limited by guarantee with board members as company directors - 11 Elected Members (councillors) and 13 Social Partners (7 community/ voluntary sector, 4 farming sector and 2 business). The positions of Chair and Vice Chair rotate annually between a Social Partner and Elected Member. Click here for a list of the current Board members.
The Wider LAG
Membership of the Wider LAG includes individuals who live or work in the rural area of the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. From this membership, the 13 social partner places on the LAG Board are filled through a nomination process. An initial recruitment was undertaken in 2015 and resulted in 167 members. An additional membership recruitment process took place in 2017 with the purpose of encouraging under-represented groups. This brought the total membership up to 175 people. The Wider LAG has an Annual General Meeting – click below for details of AGMs to date.