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 November 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  21 €1,197,147.55
Cavan  30 €1,648,470.29
Clare  101 €2,006,657.53
Cork North  41 €1,686,227.94
Cork South  18 €503,680.29
Cork West  24 €751,826.31
Donegal  103 €4,375,932.26
Dublin Rural  39 €1,325,524.78
Galway East  32 €1,254,798.59
Galway West  22 €381,245.05
Kerry  162 €3,137,004.75
Kildare  17 €612,926.04
Kilkenny 55 €1,498,732.36
Laois  41 €941,705.64
Leitrim 50 €1,783,734.72
Limerick  70 €3,038,184.71
Longford  39 €945,154.02
Louth  52 €1,164,088.20
Mayo  88 €3,689,624.59
Meath 19 €800,881.93
Monaghan 33 €1,473,821.64
Offaly  93 €2,333,738.22
Roscommon 33 €1,984,189.18
Sligo 66 €2,306,080.87
Tipperary  97 €2,888,020.60
Waterford  47 €3,066,662.11
Westmeath  34 €512,511.33
Wexford  68 €2,283,500.74
Wicklow 30 €935,937.48
TOTAL 1525
€50,528,009.72

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.