RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (LEADER)
LEADER Programme Summary
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 Jenny Collier in the first instance to discuss project eligibility. You can get us on 057 8661900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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…