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Rural Environment Funding

Conservation & Sustainable Use of Local Biodiversity & Water Resources and Harnessing our Natural Resources

This aims to provide support for the protection, conservation and sustainable use of our natural environment including water resources for future generations. The efficient use of energy and uptake of renewable energy by community groups, businesses and individuals will be promoted. Awareness raising and learning from best practice on our natural environment, renewable technologies and biomass will be encouraged.

Support will be provided for the protection and conservation of water resources through increased awareness, innovative uses of natural supplies and new technologies. Training initiatives will be developed which involves a practical approach to the installation of rainwater and grey water harvesting systems. Capital Funding will also be available for organisations that are proactive in the preservation of their local water resources and natural environment. A wide range of training initiatives will be developed which offer intensive hands on courses focusing on the preservation of the environment. Community energy projects and the development of wood energy supply chain projects will be encourage along with practical training in small scale renewable energy.

The Following Calls for Tourism Expressions of Interest are now open;

ObjectiveCall for Expressions of InterestExpected Outcomes

Total Budget for this Call

Activation DateDeadline Date
Renewable Energy SectorExemplar Community Energy Projects5 New Installations
5 Full Time Equivalent Jobs Sustained
€250,000Closed 21/12/2018Deadline for Expression of Interest was 21/12/2018
Water ResourcesDevelopmental Supports for the Sustainable Use of Water Resources5 Projects Funded
4 Conservation Initiatives
1 Recycling Initiative
€90,000Currently OpenOngoing to 2019
Water ResourcesTraining Initiatives on the Preservation of Water Resources50 Individuals Trained€10,000Currently OpenOngoing to 2019
Natural Environment/BiodiversityBiodiversity Action Plan County Biodiversity Action Plan€10,000Currently OpenOngoing to 2019
Natural Environment/BiodiversityAwareness Raising through Training Initiatives on the Natural EnvironmentRoadshow with 250 Individuals Trained€10,000Currently OpenOngoing to 2019
Renewable Energy SectorScoping Studies of Leitrim's Potential Renewable Energy SectorRenewable Energy Action Plan €10,000Currently OpenOngoing to 2019
Renewable Energy SectorDevelopment of the Wood Energy Supply Chain in the County2 New Enterprises Developed
2 Existing Enterprises Assisted
4 Full Time Equivalent Jobs
4 Full Time Equivalent Jobs Sustained
€150,000Currently OpenOngoing to 2019
Renewable Energy SectorPractical Training in Small Scale Renewable Energy250 Individuals Trained€40,000Currently OpenOngoing to 2019

The following Calls for Rural Environment Expressions of Interest are not yet open, please see table below for Activation Date & Deadline Dates;

ObjectiveCall for Expressions of InterestExpected OutcomesTotal Budget for this CallActivation DateDeadline Date
Natural Environment/BiodiversityCapital Supports for Preservation of the Environment3 Projects Assisted
3 Existing Projects Funded
€30,000Not OpenTBC
Water ResourcesCapital Support towards Water Conservation6 New Projects Assisted€25,000Not OpenTBC

How to Apply for Rural Environment Funding?

The submission of an Expression of Interest Form is the first step in applying for LEADER Funding. It is your opportunity to present your proposed project to the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) who will determine if your project is eligible for funding and if you can advance to the next stage of the Application Process. Please ensure that you read the Information Booklet in full which gives an overview of the LEADER Programme in County Leitrim. It will also give you information on who can apply, the types of projects which are eligible for funding and the rates of funding available. Once you submit your fully complete Expression of Interest Form Leitrim Development Company will contact you to outline if your proposed project is eligible for funding or not and if you can proceed to full Application.

LEADER Information Booklet & Expression of Interest Form

Some Sample Projects

Hedge Laying Association of Ireland

Hedge Laying Association of Ireland


Hedge Laying Association of Ireland

Support Provided:

LEADER Heritage Funding

Grant Awarded:




Lough Melvin Eco Park

Lough Melvin Eco Park


Lough Melvin Eco Park Ltd.

Support Provided:

LEADER Environment Funding

Grant Awarded:




Design & Manufacture of Small Scale Wind Turbines

Design & Manufacture of Small Scale Wind Turbines


LEADER Training Funding

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Co. Leitrim

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