ENCAP came into being in 2014, with the formation of a multi-sector steering group. ENCAP is designed around a community-led planning approach where communities in East Neuk are supported by the partnership to prepare their own five-year community action plans. Inception funding was secured through LEADER and matched by Fife Council and private contributions. This allowed the steering group to commission community action plans specialists, STAR Development Group, to co-design a training programme and toolkit, which would assist communities in developing their own five-year Community Action Plan. A four-month consultation saw 67 community groups and support organisations involved. The findings are written up in a toolkit which is made available to communities from ENCAP as they begin their community action planning process.
To date, two local community action plans have been created using the toolkit and support from ENCAP. One for Colinsburgh and Kilconquhar (2016-2021) and one for the St Monans and Abercrombie (2018-2023) and work is continuing with neighbouring villages and towns.
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