LEADER

€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 September 2018. 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
Carlow  17 €1,080,991.90
Cavan  22 €1,001,764.36
Clare  92 €1,782,820.89
Cork North  30 €1,098,413.57
Cork South  14 €458,698.39
Cork West  21 €711,676.36
Donegal  99 €3,918,188.15
Dublin Rural  38 €1,261,584.84
Galway East  12 €419,560.96
Galway West  20 €367,238.90
Kerry  157 €2,903,298.73
Kildare  15 €539,476.23
Kilkenny 50 €1,370,907.23
Laois  41 €941,705.64
Leitrim 43 €1,554,853.58
Limerick  67 €2,919,797.37
Longford  36 €831,662.46
Louth  33 €565,264.57
Mayo  79 €3,159,049.23
Meath 18 €600,881.93
Monaghan 31 €1,442,096.52
Offaly  82 €1,769,451.50
Roscommon 26 €1,397,548.71
Sligo 60 €1,986,711.95
Tipperary  85 €2,257,078.30
Waterford  42 €2,914,631.48
Westmeath  33 €506,973.95
Wexford  57 €1,978,163.68
Wicklow 27 €863,403.78
TOTAL 1347 €42,603,895.16

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

If you have any queries, please:

Email: rdp1420@drcd.gov.ie
Phone: 076 106 4900.