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
Athlone Town has been announced as the Pfizer / Irish Times Healthy Town 2015.
It will see an eight-week programme run in the town combining health promotion events, information meetings, health checks, and physical activity sessions to encourage the people of Athlone to improve their health.
The free campaign starts in September, and is supported by the Department of Health and the Irish Heart Foundation.
Fiona Geoghegan of the Athlone Boat Club, Linda Jo Quinn of the Westmeath Community Development, Annette Barr Jordan of Westmeath County Council, Nuala Faller of the Athlone Boat Club, and Geraldine Lacey of the Midlands Regional Youth Service at the launch of Pfizer/Irish Times Healthy Towns meeting in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone.
Ulster Bank's new Skills & Opportunities Fund will launch on Monday 11 May. The Fund will provide grants for charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges based in the Ireland and Northern Ireland, to fund projects aimed at helping people learn new skills, find employment or start a business.
This builds on the £500,000 funding already provided to 47 community projects in the last two years through Ulster Bank's all-island Community Impact Fund. Furthermore, Ulster Bank are making a commitment to continue this strategic community support for the next three years.
Purpose & Focus
Ulster Bank understands that making a difference locally is often best achieved at a local level through trusted not-for-profit organisations, which carry out valuable work in the areas of Education, Employability and Enterprise support. Through the provision of this Fund, Ulster Bank is aiming to support and create better opportunities for people throughout our communities.
How It Will Work
Ulster Bank is busy getting it's new website ready, which will tell you more about the Fund. In the meantime, if your organisation is interested in applying for a grant, please click here to leave your details and Ulster Bank will contact you as soon as the Fund opens for applications.
The Fund be open for applications from Monday, 11 May to Friday, 22 May 2015.