LEADER 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.
LEADER THEMES and SUB THEMES
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further assistance regarding LEADER in Westmeath please contact any of the following:
Bernie Leavy email@example.com
Theresa Geoghegan firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Ormond email@example.com
Darina Coughlan firstname.lastname@example.org
Offaly Local Development Company and Westmeath Community Development have developed a training programme in partnership with Finnish Craft Producers. The focus is on traditional Irish and Finnish crafts and how the sharing of skills and heritage can impact of creative inspiration and sustainable economies in the craft sector.
We are officially launching this project on Thursday evening - please come along to the craft marquee at 6pm on Thursday 5th December or pop in during the weekend if you are interested in learning more about this exciting project for the creative sector in Westmeath, Offaly and our partners in Finland.