Rural Development Programme - LEADER

Local Development Strategy 2014-2020

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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:  

  1. Rural Economic Development/Enterprise Development and Job Creation in relation to: Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development, Broadband, Rural Towns
  2. Social Inclusion through Building Community Capacity, Training and Animation in relation to
  3. 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; or Further information can be obtained by contacting 044 9348571


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