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 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
Carlow  23 €1,271,057.11
Cavan  40 €2,330,527.65
Clare  115 €2,276,249.35
Cork North  48 €2,093,855.08
Cork South  25 €797,141.49
Cork West  28 €1,060,268.06
Donegal  106 €4,629,867.46
Dublin Rural  43 €1,351,641.32
Galway East  40 €1,531,558.99
Galway West  25 €503,622.01
Kerry  182 €3,515,741.24
Kildare  20 €763,876.03
Kilkenny 59 €1,558,663.65
Laois  58 €1,308,206.21
Leitrim 55 €2,071,293.46
Limerick  74 €3,857,527.00
Longford  41 €993,572.12
Louth  57 €1,393,275.58
Mayo  106 €4,405,114.21
Meath 29 €1,020,562.14
Monaghan 37 €2,162,943.78
Offaly  114 €2,451,846.92
Roscommon 39 €2,249,398.80
Sligo 66 €2,306,080.87
Tipperary  110 €3,372,934.44
Waterford  48 €3,099,710.26
Westmeath  46 €806,664.08
Wexford  97 €3,732,529.86
Wicklow 32 €951,044.73
TOTAL 1763
€59,866,773.90

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.