Local Action Group (LAG) Heart of Slovenia is also in the new programming period organized as local contractual partnership, established with purpose to encourage comprehensive and balanced development in the area Heart of Slovenia by »bottom-up« approach. It is building on own development potentials and capacities, especially enhancing social capital by active involvement of inhabitants in joint planning and decision-making about own local development – participative democracy principle. This so called CLLD approach (Community led Local Development) enables local people to define its own priorities and development directions.

On 12th March 2016 39 representatives of public institutions, businesses, associations, organisations and individuals from municipalities Dol pri Ljubljani, Kamnik, Litija, Lukovica, Moravče and Šmartno pri Litiji by signing the consortium contract formally established LAG Heart of Slovenia for the new programming period. Membership in the consortium is still open for any interested inhabitants of the area who want with their ideas and skills contribute to rural development and higher quality of life.

Local development strategy of LAG Heart of Slovenia 2014-2020 was officially approved in August 2016 which enabled eligibility of costs within all submeasures of the CLLD Regulation. Total amount of budget for LAG from both funds (ERDP and ERDF) is 2.067.785 EUR.