Community Facilities

Note that funding is fully allocated under this measure at present – please get in touch to discuss opportunities under the forthcoming programme. 


The Rural Development (LEADER)  Programme addresses quality of life issues, including the availability of services and facilities that contribute to the quality of life in rural communities. It is also aimed at enhancing the environmental and amenity aspects of rural villages, towns and communities.

LEADER provides direct funding to communities to develop their facilities through the “Village Renewal” and “Basic Services” funding categories.

The following examples are a guide only for Village Renewal Projects:

  • Support for initiatives which provide assistance to the development of walking and cycling routes for rural dwellers.
  • Support for better access and signage to the countryside including improved access to attractions such as archaeological and historical sites.
  • Community infrastructure initiatives including the development of community playgrounds, forest parks, picnic areas, sculpture park/garden, civic areas, riverside walks and community gardens.
  • Support for tidy towns and litter awareness initiatives.

The following examples are a guide only for Basic Services Projects:

  • Provision of amenity, leisure and recreation facilities for rural communities.
  • Support for provision of cultural and arts services within rural communities.
  • Support for innovative activities in local communities such as social and information networks including the development of information technology initiatives.
  • Provision, refurbishment and extension of community infrastructure and facilities including community centres.

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