Rural Development Programme - LEADER
Local Development Strategy 2014-2020
LEADER is an EU funded programme aimed at improving the quality of life in rural areas and diversifying the rural economy. It supports the delivery of local development actions in rural communities and has formed part of EU funding supports since 1991. For the new LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) will be the Local Action Group with Westmeath Community Development Ltd as the lead Implementation Partner. A budget of €7.4m is available for Westmeath under this new Programme.
Westmeath Community Development Ltd. is preparing the Local Development Strategy for Co. Westmeath on behalf of the Local Action Group, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee. This Local Development Strategy will set out the objectives and actions proposed for the new LEADER programme.
As part of the process in developing the Local Strategy, submissions are invited from interested parties under any or all of the following Themes:
- Rural Economic Development/Enterprise Development and Job Creation in relation to: Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development, Broadband, Rural Towns
- Social Inclusion through Building Community Capacity, Training and Animation in relation to
- Rural Environment: targeting multiple environmental objectives including the protection and sustainable use of water resources, the protection and improvement of biodiversity and the development of Renewable Energy.
Submissions as part of the initial consultation phase are to be forwarded on or before Friday, 7th August, 2015 for the attention of:
Bernie Leavy, Westmeath Community Development Ltd, Mullingar Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Further information can be obtained by contacting 044 9348571
Local Development Strategy Consultation Brief
Disability/Older Persons Information Day a resounding success!
Hundreds turned out to the Disability/Older Persons information day in the Mullingar Park Hotel today.
Organised by Westmeath Community Development in conjunction with Westmeath County Council, over 37 services providers were on hand to answer questions, including the Samaritans, the Migrants Association, Westmeath Volunteer Centre, and Westmeath Fire Service who were giving out free smoke alarms, while a local chemist provided free blood pressure checks.
Linda Jo Quinn of Westmeath Community Development said it’s a fantastic example of how two organisations can work together for the betterment of the people in our community.
"The two target groups are people with disabilities and older people but we have had schools here today as well and there’s people still coming in the door. We opened the doors at twelve o’clock here today and it’s still buzzing. We are absolutely delighted with the turn out of the event."
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