€250 million in grant aid will be provided to rural communities and businesses over the next 5 – 6 years under the  2014 – 2020 LEADER Programme

Grant aid is provided to projects under the following themes:-

  • Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Rural Environment

The LEADER Programme is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs). These are partnerships of both public and private entities from a defined geographical area. They are responsible for selecting and approving projects in their respective areas in accordance with local development strategies developed specifically for their area. The overall programme funding is allocated to 28 sub-regional areas based on administrative or county boundaries in the main e.g Mayo, Kildare, North Cork.

Promoters interested in accessing assistance under the LEADER Programme should, in the first instance submit an Expression of Interest to their Local Action Group (LAG). Contact details for all LAGs is available here

Examples of projects supported under the previous LEADER Programme can be viewed here

List of approved projects for LEADER 2014-2020 November 2017.

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If you have any queries, please:

Email: ei.vo1521304709g.dcr1521304709d@02415213047091pdr1521304709
Phone: 076 106 4900.