Call for Expressions of Interest for LEADER fund

Funding Call for LEADER Programme 2014-2020

Laois Partnership Company on behalf of Laois Local Community Development Committee wish to announce the opening of 4 Targeted Calls for funding in County Laois under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is Friday 23rd December 2016 at 12:00pm (midday).

Stage 1 involves completion of an Expression Of Interest form (EOI) which can be downloaded from or contact the office on 057 8661900/ to request one. EOIs considered eligible will be invited onto Stage II to complete an application form. Invitation to application stage does not mean that you will be awarded grant aid as it is a competitive process. Further calls will be announced on 2017.

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Call 1:

LEADER Theme: Rural Towns
Local Objective Objective: Ensure the Vibrancy Of the Rural Towns in County Laois through Capacity Building and Project Support
Project Type: Community Planning
Type of Call: Development of Town and Village Plans (across County Laois)
Examples: As above
Budget Limit: €250,000

Call 2:

LEADER Theme: Social Inclusion in Rural Areas
Local Objective 5: Support for the development of 6 identified communities* in Laois with a history of low engagement with public funding programmes.
Project Type: Community Planning
Type of Call: Development of Town and Village Plans (*6 identified communities: Mountrath, Borris In Ossory, Ballinakill, Cullahill, Errill and Doonane/Crettyard)
Examples: As above
Budget Limit: €150,000.00

Call 3:

LEADER Theme: Rural Environment
Local Objective: Promote Community-Based Social Change In Developing a Sustainable Society
Project Type: Community Managed Social Resources
Type of Call: Development of community managed resources for the benefit of the wider community.
Examples: E.g. biodiversity enhancement projects, development of allotments/ community gardens, development of community managed trails
Budget Limit: €200,000

Call 4:

LEADER Theme: Economic Development, Social Inclusion, Rural Environment
Local Objective: Multi Objective – Cross Sector
Project Type: Group Based Training Programmes
Type of Call: Develop and deliver non-mainstream, group based training initiatives
Examples: E.g. Entrepreneurship, Tourism, ICT & Digital, Community Participation, Youth Training, Biodiversity/Energy/Water Conservation.
Budget Limit: €200,000