Since its launch in 1991, LEADER has provided rural communities, across the EU, with the resources to enable local partners actively engage and direct the local development of their area, through a community-led local development (CLLD) approach.
This programme has identified a number of strategic objectives and priorities for EU rural development. The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is the lead department for the delivery of LEADER. Pobal is supporting the development and roll out of the current phase of the programme.
In the Irish context, LEADER is included under priority 6 of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP) "promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas."
Under the new LEADER programme, local projects can funded under three Rural Development Programme themes and nine sub-themes:
Theme 1: Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation
Sub-themes: Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development, Rural Town and Broadband.
Theme 2: Social Inclusion
Sub-themes: Basic services targeted at hard to reach communities and Rural Youth.
Theme 3: Rural Environment
Sub-themes: Protection and sustainable use of water resources, Protection and improvement of local bio-diversity and Development of renewable energy.
How to apply for LEADER funding
The Implementing Partner for Leader funding on behalf of Meath Local Action Group is Meath Partnership.
For further information on how to apply for LEADER funding please contact:
Meath Partnership, Unit 7, Kells Business Park, Cavan Road, Kells, Co. Meath
Business Hours: (9.00am - 5.30pm) closing for lunch from 1pm - 2pm.
T: +353 46 9280790
F: +353 46 9252335