RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (LEADER)

LEADER Programme Summary

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Laois Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) has responsibility for the delivery of LEADER 2014-2020 in the county.  The key implementation partner is Laois Partnership Company (LPC).  During the period 2016-2020, almost €8m of LEADER funding will be invested in innovative community and private enterprise projects throughout County Laois.

Is my proposal eligible? / Expressions of Interest

Please get in touch with Orla Mulligan or Mark Clancy in the first instance to discuss project eligibility. You can get us on 057 8661900 or info@laoispartnership.ie 

At this point, it will be possible to decide if it is appropriate to submit an Expression of Interest form (EOI) is the first step in every potential LEADER application.

Download Expression Of Interest Form Here…….

If LEADER funding is not appropriate then we will make every attempt to signpost you to other sources of support.

Funding Limits/ Grant Rates/ Eligibility

LEADER funding is not intended for large scale projects and a ceiling of € 200,000 will apply. In most cases, however the finite nature of the funding and the focus of the local development strategy will mean that the average grant is likely to be much lower than the maximum figure.

In general, private projects carry a maximum grant rate of 50% for capital projects and 75% for analysis and development, subject to the ceilings below. Corresponding community based projects may receive up to 75% and 90% rates respectively. Training projects can receive up to 100% funding.

 

Interested parties are encouraged to contact Laois Partnership directly and meet with one of our development officers to discuss their project and establish its eligibility under the programme.

Additional information on grant rates and eligibility can be downloaded here…

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Supporting Documents/ Information

Sample LEADER projects

Professional Services Panel

Prior to the commencement of the LEADER Programme 2014-2020, Laois Partnership is seeking to develop a panel of Professional Service Providers. These providers will provide supports to applicants seeking grant aid, including research and development/feasibility supports across a range of disciplines. If you wish to register your interest then please upload your details to: https://goo.gl/forms/xlWTFpR4HWdiAltU2 . 

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