Introduction to the Programme
LEADER is a Community Led Local Development (CLLD) approach that involves the participation of rural communities in developing responses to the key economic, environmental and social challenges identified in their areas. The Rural Development (LEADER) Programme outlines three themes that have been identified, through consultation and research, as representing the overarching needs of rural Ireland. These themes respond to key challenges facing rural Ireland, with regard to:
- Economic recovery
- Employment creation
- Tackling social exclusion
- Reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion.
Each theme is defined further through a number of sub-themes which reflect the key areas considered to require greatest support and have the greatest potential to promote the sustainable development of rural communities. Funding for the period 2014 – 2020 will focus on the following themes and sub thematic areas:
Theme 1: Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation
The focus of theme one relates to the challenge of driving continued local economic development, including the diversification of the rural economy, to create employment opportunities for the local community, including those from disadvantaged groups.
Theme 2: Social Inclusion
The focus of theme two is not only from an economic development perspective but also in relation to fostering social inclusion. As a result of inadequate income and resources, people may be excluded and marginalised from participating in activities which are considered the norm for other people in society. In rural areas, low population density, high levels of out-migration and distance from urban centres, results in fewer employment options and lower levels of service provision than in urban areas. In rural areas, people’s experience of exclusion is often compounded by physical isolation.
Theme 3: Rural Environment
Theme three focuses on maximising the potential of the environment to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities. This is premised on utilising the landscape within a local area, its features and natural resources, while simultaneously creating a greater environmental awareness and improving environmental protection.
Local Development Strategy (LDS)
LEADER is underpinned by a framework which required the LAG (Kerry Local Community Development Committee) to design a Local Development Strategy (LDS) for the delivery of LEADER activities. The Local Development Strategy is a community-led plan, developed and driven by rural communities, to address the needs identified and to achieve a defined set of local objectives. The Kerry Local Development Strategy was informed by the active engagement & participation of rural communities across the county. The objectives outlined in the strategy are based on the themes and sub-themes of the programme. All potential funding applications must fall within one of the sub-theme areas of the programme as outlined above.
Eligible projects can apply for assistance under the following:
- Capital (including equipment)
- Analysis & Development (feasibility studies, development plans etc.)
Rates of Aid are as follows:
Capital / Equipment
Private Promoter: 50% Maximum €200,000
Community Promoter: 75%* Maximum €200,000*
* Increased to €500,000 where no economic activity is carried out
(For Community Projects that do not involve Economic Activity it is likely that an upper ceiling of €500,000 will apply)
Private / Community Promoter 100%
Analysis & Development
Private Promoter: 75% Maximum €30,000
Community Promoter: 90% Maximum €30,000
Community Promoters – Basic Services Sub Theme up to 90%
The programme will be rolled out on a Targeted Calls for Proposals basis. This is a two stage process:
Stage 1: Expression of Interest
Stage 2: Full Application
Expressions of Interest will be invited from potential Applicants. Once the Expression of Interest has been assessed and deemed eligible for support a promoter will then be invited to submit a full application for support.
NB: Only projects that have submitted an eligible Expression of Interest will be invited to submit a full application for funding.
Please click on the links below for the relevant EOI form and Programme Information: