Clann Credo seminar on Financing Westmeath Communities 22/02/17

Clann Credo Feb 17

Clann Credo is hosting an information seminar on Financing Community Growth – Loans, Grants, Fundraising at the Milltownpass Community Centre on Wednesday the 22
nd February from 7-9pm.

Clann Credo is Ireland’s leading provider of community loans to voluntary groups, charities, social enterprises and amateur sports clubs. Clann Credo is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark this milestone a series of community events will take place across the country. Since 1996, Clann Credo has invested over €82 million in community organisations throughout Ireland.

The speakers on the evening will include;

  • Roisin Mulligan Social Finance Officer for Clann Credo in the Midlands Region, who will discuss Community Loan Finance and how it can assist communities applying for LEADER Grants that require Bridging loans and Matching Funding.
  • Annette Barr-Jordan, Support Worker with Westmeath Public Participation Network (PPN) will present on the role of the PPN and the range of supports available.
  • Theresa Geoghegan, Community Development Worker with Westmeath Community Development will present on the Rural Development Programme (LEADER 2014-2020) and other grant programmes for communities.
  • Justin McDermott, Fundraising Manager at Jigsaw, Galway will share some tips and fundraising strategies.
  • Members of Milltownpass Community Action Group will talk about their experience of applying for Community Loan Finance to bridge LEADER grants and match grant funds in the development of Milltownpass Community Centre.

The seminar will be free and open to all members of the community to attend.

Visit https://financingwestmeathcommunities2017.eventbrite.ie to register

For more information on Clann Credo Community Loan Finance visit www.clanncredo.ie


Rural Development Programme - LEADER 2014-2020

leader2014-2020LEADER is a community led approach to local development funded through Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It supports locally identified initiatives that seek to address locally identified needs and challenges. It is delivered in each region by a Local Action Group (LAG). In County Westmeath this is Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (WLCDC) in partnership with Westmeath County Council (WCC) as the Financial Partner and Westmeath Community Development (WCD) as the Implementing Partner. WCD provides direct support to potential applicants seeking funds under the LEADER Programme.

LEADER 2014-2020 covers the geographically area of County of Westmeath, funding of €7,384,205 will cover a number of themes outlined in the Westmeath Local Development Strategy for the duration of the programme. The Programme includes a number of themes and sub themes that reflect the overarching needs of rural Ireland.


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Expression of Interest/Application Process:

All potential applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form. This form is available on request from the LEADER Section of Westmeath Community Development on 044 93 48571 Email: leader@westcd.ie. It may also be downloaded by clicking here.    

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Craft Business Info & Networking Event - 19/01/2016

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Westmeath Community Development are hosting an information and networking event for the Craft sector.

This event aims to stimulate the craft sector in Westmeath by bringing together full-time & part-time makers, emerging makers, hobbyists and those interested in craft as a career.

All are welcome to attend - please register your interest at projects@aileenduffycs.com

Date: 19/01/2017
Venue: Westmeath Community Development
Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre,
Clonmore Business Park,
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm


LEADER 2014-2020 Expression of Interest

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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) the Local Action Group (LAG) with Westmeath Community Development Ltd as the lead Implementation Partner.  A budget of €7.4m is available for Westmeath under this new Programme.

A Local Development Strategy was prepared for Co. Westmeath following consulatation in 2015.  

This Strategy sets out the objectives and actions proposed for the new LEADER programme under the following themes;

Theme 1: Economic Development Enterprise Development & Job Creation

  • Rural Tourism
  • Enterprise Development
  • Rural Towns
  • Broadband

Theme 2: Social Inclusion

  • Basic Services for Hard to Reach Areas Communities
  • Rural Youth

Theme 3: Rural Environment

  • Protection and Sustainable use of water resources
  • Protection and improvement of local Biodiversity
  • Development of renewable Energy

Application Process for LEADER 2014-2020

All applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form as a pre-cursor to an application proper for funding under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 LEADER. The Expression of Interest (EOI) Form is available on line below or can be requested by email to leader@westcd.ie

Completed Expressions of Interest should be returned via email to leader@westcd.ie or by post to: LEADER 2014-2020, Westmeath Community Development Ltd., Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Industrial Estate, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. 

Please click here to download a copy of the Expression of Interest and fill it out, sign and send back by post to the address above.  A word version can be obtained by emailing leader@westcd.ie but please note that we must receive a signed version by return.

Hard copies can be requested by email or by phone to the LEADER Section of Westmeath Community Development Ltd. on (044) 93 48571.

For further information, or for assistantce with the Expressions of Interest from please contact us on (044) 93 48571 or by email to leader@westcd.ie


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