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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Rural and Community Development

LEADER Programmes

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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1166. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each LAG under the 2014-2020 LEADER programme; the amount expended annually under the 2014-2020 LEADER programme in each LAG; the percentage of the total spend to date out of the amount allocated to each LAG for the programme period; the amount expended to date in each LAG on project costs, administrative costs and other costs, by each LAG in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6257/20]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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LEADER is a multi-annual programme with a total budget of €250 million over the period 2014-2020.  €225 million of this funding has been allocated as core funding to the Local Action Groups (LAGs) throughout the country who deliver the LEADER programme. This funding is allocated to the LAGs for the full period of the programme.

The remaining €25 million is available for thematic schemes to be delivered at a national level and is allocated as projects are approved.  

Table 1 below provides details of all payments made to the LAGs on an annual basis.

Table 2 below provides details of:

- The budget allocations to the LAGs under the LEADER 2014-2020 programme, and

- The total spend by the LAGs broken down by:

- the cost of developing their Local Development Strategies at the outset of the programme (preparatory support); 

- expenditure incurred on administration and on supporting the development of LEADER projects (administration & animation);

- funding provided to LEADER projects; and

- total spend expressed as a percentage of each LAG's budget allocation.

While the overall spend to date is 43% of the total allocation available to the LAGs, there continues to be a consistent increase in project payments over previous years. Over 1,400 project promoters, or 50%, have now received a Final Payment in respect of their project. 

Project approvals have also steadily increased, with 2,911 projects approved to date to a value of over €112 million.  A further 401 projects, requesting funding of almost €28 million, are at earlier stages in the approvals process.Project payments under the programme will continue to increase as approved works are completed and claims for payment submitted.  Payments can continue to be made beyond the 2014-2020 LEADER programming period in respect of projects approved before the end of 2020.

The figures provided do not include payments made under thematic schemes which are funded outside of the core budget allocated to each LAG. 

Table 1: LEADER payments to LAGs for the period 2015-2020

Local Action Group 2015  2016  2017  2018  2019  2020 
Carlow €20,000  €0  €256,148  €955,702  €1,325,592  €327,384
Cavan   €50,000  €62,741  €264,138  €676,779  €2,100,254  €684,729
Clare   €71,000  €202,336  €525,000  €937,913  €1,613,675  €811,449
Cork North €15,000  €19,456  €422,197  €836,795  €985,750  €533,275
Cork South €65,000  €0  €261,234  €465,774  €500,358  €236,619
Cork West €135,240  €0  €362,953  €485,804  €726,069  €510,944
Donegal €57,594  €35,362  €778,328  €2,353,037  €2,492,873  €895,847
Dublin Rural €55,000  €0  €290,992  €714,709  €794,581  €428,993
Galway East €0  €58,214  €427,142  €426,367  €1,332,857  €821,276
Galway West €75,000  €60,000  €180,000  €292,284  €586,906  €331,078
Kerry   €15,000  €1,344  €811,249  €1,299,208  €2,867,905  €1,108,849
Kildare €50,000  €0  €163,910  €314,922  €770,304  €468,976
Kilkenny €54,725  €182,570  €600,559  €922,011  €929,727  €249,942
Laois   €25,000  €35,242  €282,636  €674,237  €994,508  €188,780
Leitrim €25,000  €32,134  €298,277  €551,744  €1,155,333  €912,812
Limerick   €22,187  €26,267  €670,442  €1,245,753  €2,144,543  €1,006,048
Longford €30,000  €0  €266,711  €394,024  €1,183,596  €523,367
Louth   €28,000  €21,913  €340,184  €455,037  €1,271,500  €618,584
Mayo €107,000  €43,722  €896,552  €870,727  €3,035,308  €847,367
Meath   €40,000  €99,961  €317,904  €376,275  €916,318  €418,606
Monaghan €58,296  €45,042  €260,822  €592,452  €1,378,475  €835,530
Offaly €30,000  €43,481  €478,068  €1,288,187  €1,845,216  €946,145
Roscommon €58,213  €70,559  €325,968  €588,565  €1,632,704  €437,311
Sligo   €15,000  €57,268  €502,405  €686,025  €1,222,544  €904,955
Tipperary €20,000  €16,443  €525,103  €901,658  €2,627,304  €951,101
Waterford €63,430  €55,779  €496,858  €1,824,877  €1,456,234  €411,846
Westmeath €25,500  €26,872  €345,928  €611,855  €867,346  €993,109
Wexford €15,000  €21,129  €443,303  €820,151  €2,034,838  €612,738
Wicklow €25,000  €43,088  €328,839  €417,879  €913,483  €398,193
Total  €1,251,185  €1,260,921  €12,123,851  €22,980,756  €41,706,099  €18,415,854

Table 2: LEADER expenditure data as of 18 May 2020 

Local Action Group Total Allocation Prep Support spend Admin & Animation spend Project spend Total Spend % spend
Carlow €6,416,803 €20,000 €937,860 €1,926,967 €2,884,826 45%
Cavan   €9,022,286 €50,000 €1,089,558 €2,699,084 €3,838,642 43%
Clare   €8,920,225 €83,336 €1,876,000 €2,202,037 €4,161,372 47%
Cork North €5,591,846 €15,000 €1,198,386 €1,599,087 €2,812,473 50%
Cork South €3,831,303 €65,000 €832,613 €631,372 €1,528,985 40%
Cork West €5,015,674 €135,240 €1,109,603 €976,166 €2,221,010 44%
Donegal €13,413,878 €57,594 €2,363,279 €4,192,168 €6,613,041 49%
Dublin Rural €6,370,438 €55,000 €1,127,593 €1,101,683 €2,284,276 36%
Galway East €7,655,851 €159,488 €1,256,700 €1,649,668 €3,065,856 40%
Galway West €4,540,033 €75,000 €715,000 €735,267 €1,525,267 34%
Kerry   €10,719,868 €16,344 €2,216,761 €3,870,450 €6,103,555 57%
Kildare €5,261,600 €50,000 €783,601 €934,512 €1,768,112 34%
Kilkenny €7,791,573 €57,295 €1,707,750 €1,174,489 €2,939,534 38%
Laois   €7,124,587 €35,191 €1,020,019 €1,145,192 €2,200,402 31%
Leitrim €6,498,475 €25,000 €1,080,464 €1,869,835 €2,975,299 46%
Limerick   €9,776,594 €22,187 €2,082,053 €3,011,002 €5,115,241 52%
Longford €7,597,623 €30,000 €1,097,945 €1,269,753 €2,397,698 32%
Louth   €6,101,862 €28,000 €1,088,853 €1,618,365 €2,735,219 45%
Mayo €11,621,432 €119,238 €2,252,248 €3,429,191 €5,800,677 50%
Meath   €6,903,124 €40,000 €1,318,486 €810,578 €2,169,064 31%
Monaghan €7,592,720 €58,296 €1,083,341 €2,028,981 €3,170,618 42%
Offaly €8,536,764 €30,000 €1,429,601 €3,171,497 €4,631,098 54%
Roscommon €8,852,659 €58,213 €1,335,646 €1,719,461 €3,113,320 35%
Sligo   €7,655,648 €15,000 €966,946 €2,406,250 €3,388,196 44%
Tipperary €10,603,443 €20,000 €1,733,129 €3,288,479 €5,041,608 48%
Waterford €8,022,796 €75,427 €1,222,992 €3,010,605 €4,309,024 54%
Westmeath €7,384,206 €25,602 €1,203,805 €1,641,202 €2,870,610 39%
Wexford €9,840,141 €15,000 €1,363,615 €2,568,545 €3,947,160 40%
Wicklow €6,336,549 €35,794 €1,039,187 €1,051,503 €2,126,483 34%
Total  €225,000,000 €1,472,244 €38,533,035 €57,733,387 €97,738,666 43%

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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1167. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of projects approved to date by each LAG under the 2014-2020 LEADER programme; and the number of approved projects that have received and not received project funding, respectively in tabular form. [6258/20]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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LEADER is a multi-annual programme which has a total budget of €250 million over the period to the end of 2020.  €225 million of this funding has been allocated as core funding to each of the individual Local Action Groups (LAGs) who deliver LEADER. The remaining €25 million is available for schemes to be delivered at a national level and is allocated as projects are approved.

Table 1 below provides a breakdown of the number of core projects approved by each Local Action Group to date, as well as the number of approved projects which have received at least one payment, and the number of projects where no payment has yet issued.

Funding is drawn down as the projects start to incur expenditure and the project promoter submits claims for payment to the LAGs. The approved works, or phases of works, must be completed by the project promoter prior to any final or phased payments being made.  A project promoter can opt to receive payment in one full final payment or up to five phased payments.  It should also be noted that payments can continue to be drawn down after the end of the 2014-2020 LEADER programming period by projects which have been approved before the end of 2020.

Over 1,400, or 50%, of project promoters have now received a Final Payment in respect of their project.

The level of project activity under the LEADER programme continues to increase and, to date, 2,911 core projects have been approved for funding of over €112 million.  A further 401 project applications, with a value of almost €29 million, are at various stages in the approval process.

In addition to the figures provided on the table below, over 150 LEADER Food Initiative and Co-operation projects have been approved at national level under the thematic schemes referred to above.

Table 1: LEADER core project approvals and payments issued as of 18 May, 2020, by LAG

Local Action Group No. of Projects Approved No. of Projects Funded No. of Projects where no payment has issued
Carlow 45 34 11
Cavan 81 54 27
Clare 170 108 62
Cork North 75 48 27
Cork South 33 16 17
Cork West 34 24 10
Donegal 161 115 46
Dublin Rural 63 43 20
Galway East 96 45 51
Galway West 59 38 21
Kerry 320 187 133
Kildare 37 22 15
Kilkenny 96 58 38
Laois 85 53 32
Leitrim 102 66 36
Limerick 98 68 30
Longford 88 52 36
Louth 103 74 29
Mayo 155 108 47
Meath 86 37 49
Monaghan 58 39 19
Offaly 157 116 41
Roscommon 72 37 35
Sligo 128 80 48
Tipperary 162 105 57
Waterford 71 49 22
Westmeath 88 53 35
Wexford 122 82 40
Wicklow 66 35 31
Grand Total 2,911 1,846 1,065

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