The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD has signed the first batch of Funding Agreements under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020. The Minister said the €250 million programme will support hundreds of jobs across rural Ireland.
County Leitrim has been successful in securing €5.9 million of funding under the LEADER Programme. Leitrim Local Community Development Committee along with the lead Implementing Partner, Leitrim Development Company and lead Financial Partner, Leitrim County Council signed the contract with the Minister on Friday 8th July in Virginia, County Cavan.
The LEADER Programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment. It is expected that the programme will open in early Autumn. The first step for anyone wishing to make an application for funding is to determine if their project is eligible in principle. In order to determine if your project is eligible, a formal expression of interest process will open soon. If a project is then deemed eligible for funding, it will proceed to the application stage. All details for the roll out of the programme are being finalised and there will be an official launch for the new programme. To keep up to date on the LEADER Programme, check the news section of our website. If you require any further information on the LEADER Programme or would like your details on our database for updates on the programme, please contact us directly or sign up to our mailing list at the top right of the page.
From left, Donal Fox, CEO Leitrim Development Company, Joseph Gilhooly, Director of Services Leitrim County Council, Brian Smyth, Deputy CEO Leitrim Development Company, Frank Curran, Chief Executive Leitrim County Council and Minister Humphreys TD., Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.