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Support to LAGs

Our support to Local Action Groups (LAG) empowers rural people across Serbia for leading more successful households, entreprises and CSOs, living healthier and happier lives, on more smart, sustainable and inclusive financial ground. We invite you to join us, and have a hand in creating long-lasting solutions that benefit everyone.

LAGs are the engines of socio-economic change in rural areas and role models for the rural population. National LEADER Network identifies and invests in most promising rural LAG initiators and helps them achieve maximum social and economic impact.

Local Action Groups invest in rural people. We search Serbia for leading rural changemakers, social innovators and entrepreneurs, and at the launch stage, provide these changemakers - our Fellow LAGs - full Venture support for an average of three years, allowing them to focus full-time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas. We also provide our Fellows with a national and EU level support network of their peers and partnerships with professional consultants. Once elected to the Leader Plus Fellowship, Fellows benefit from this community for life.


Venture is the mechanism through which NLN finds and supports Serbia’s leading rural changemakers. NLN was founded on the Venture model, and Venture remains the heart of NLN - the work upon which all of our efforts depend.

We believe that the growth of rural sector in Serbia begins with the work of local social innovators and entrepreneurs. These changemakers drive the sector forward, responding to new rural challenges and changing needs. They are rooted in local communities but think and act more globally. They are the ultimate role models and the pillars of our vision of smart, sustainable and inclusive rural Serbia.