€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
The table below shows the number and value of approved projects in each Local Action Group area for the 2014-2020 programme up to the end of February 2019. Further details regarding the individual projects funded in each area can be viewed by clicking on each LAG in the table.
|County||No. Approved Projects||Value of LEADER Funding|
Useful Links:Examples of projects supported under the previous LEADER Programme can be viewed here
- Storyboard – LEADER Case Studies
- National Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 (pdf,8.63mb) (link is external)
- Guidance on Community-led Local Development in ESI Funds
- LEADER – EU Regulations
- National Rural Network
If you have any queries, please:
Phone: 076 106 4900.