Written answers

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

LEADER Programmes Funding

Photo of Peter BurkePeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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456. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if grants are available for a business (details supplied). [20394/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Funding may be available through the LEADER Programme for the type of project referred to by the Deputy.

LEADER is a multi-annual programme covering the period 2014-2020 which is delivered through Local Action Groups (LAGs) in each of the 28 LEADER sub-regional areas around the country. To date, over 1,900 projects have been approved under the current LEADER programme, for funding of almost €66 million.

Funding can be provided under a broad range of themes, including enterprise development. The Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation Theme of LEADER focuses on driving continued local economic development, including diversification of the rural economy and the creation of employment opportunities for the local community. In that context, support for the works outlined by the Deputy could potentially be considered eligible for LEADER funding.

In order for a project to be eligible for funding, it must be compatible with the actions outlined in the approved Local Development Strategy for the relevant LEADER area, and it must comply with the Operating Rules and EU Regulations in place for the programme.

The decision to approve a project, or otherwise, is a matter for the LAG which administers the programme in each LEADER area. Interested applicants should, in the first instance, contact the relevant LAG through its Implementing Partners to discuss the funding that may be available.

The Implementing Partner for County Longford is Longford Community Resources CLG, Longford Community Enterprise Centre, Ballinalee Road, Longford, Co. Longford. Contact details for Longford Community Resources CLG are as follows:

- Telephone: 043 3345555

- Email: enquiries@lcrl.ie

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