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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.

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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

Meath Local Development Strategy

LEADER Membership

Meath Local Community Development Committee is the Local Action Group (LAG) for the delivery of the LEADER Programme in County Meath for the programme period 2014 - 2020 and the transitional LEADER programme period 2021 - 2023.

The LCDC consists of both public and private sector partners from within the administrative boundary of the County and comprises 19 members, 10 from the private sector and nine from the public sector. 

Membership 51% Non Statutory and 49% Statutory.

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