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
Brian Killian firstname.lastname@example.org or
Peter Ormond email@example.com
We were lucky enough to get some footage of the launch on 19/06/2018 where Westmeath Community Development officially launched their Village Action Plans for seven Villages. Westmeath Examiner were there on the night and took the following live footage from the night.
On Tuesday last 19th June, Westmeath Community Development officially launched their Village Action Plans for seven Villages. The evening proved a great success and the positivity and energy in the room was clear to be seen.
Peter Ormond, Community Development Worker at Westmeath Community Development was M.C. for the evening and speakers included, Bernie Leavy, (Leader Programme Manager), Hugh O Reilly, Community Development Section, Westmeath County Council, Blue Moss Consultants, representatives from the various villages. The plans were officially launched by the Chairperson of Westmeath Community Development, Dermot Leavy who spoke of the positivity of the process and he encourages the communities to work with the agencies to implement their plans.
Improving the lives of those living and working in rural communities in Westmeath is a priority for Westmeath Community Development. Last year, Westmeath Community Development and Westmeath County Council came together and developed a joint strategy for Towns and Village Action Planning Initiative.
Westmeath County Council have provided funding for 8 town plans and Westmeath Community Development provided funding for this initiative through the Leader Programme 2014-2020. The seven villages included in the process were Multyfarnham, Streete, Rosemount, Collinstown, Castletown Geoghegan, Milltownpass and Coole.
Westmeath Community Development is organising the following training programme Developing a Business Plan for your Tourism Business. Following completion of this training programme, participants should have an understanding of the requirement of a Business Plan and should also be in a position to complete a Business Plan on behalf of their own enterprise.
The programme will be delivered in a workshop style setting (4 hours approx.) and through follow on one-to-one mentoring support from the trainers, Angela Bane and Bernadette Mullarkey at Westmeath Community Development’s office in Mullingar E.T.I Ctr., Mullingar Business Park. The date for the workshop is Thursday, 14th June 4.30pm-8.30pm.
To book your place please Bernie Leavy, Westmeath Community Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
On a recent visit to mid-Finland Westmeath Community Development and Offaly Local Development Company met with their LEADER counterparts to discuss the development of craft co-operation projects involving artisan craft makers from the midland regions of both countries.
The development of the craft sector is a key action under Enterprise Development in the current LEADER 2014-2020 Programme in Westmeath. As the sector is primarily comprised of small rural businesses working collaboratively with others provides enriched learning experiences for all those involved.
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