***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED November 2016 *****

Offaly Local Community Development Committee is the Local Action Group responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014 – 2020. Offaly Local Development Company is the implementing partner who will deliver the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014 – 2020 on behalf of the Offaly Local Community Development Committee.

Festival and Events Initiative

The Offaly Local Community Development Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from Community/Voluntary Groups, Business / Enterprise Networks and / or Private Enterprises who wish to apply for grant assistance under the LEADER Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 to support the development and expansion of locally based festivals and events that will take place in 2017.

These activities are supported under Theme 1: Economic Development, Enterprise Development & Job Creation. Sub Theme 2: Rural Tourism and under Local Objective 2 of the Local Development Strategy for Offaly – Developing Tourism Infrastructure and Products. The aim of this local objective is to develop tourism and the tourism product (amenities, accommodation, facilities and activities) as a key economic and employment generator for the County; combining the natural resources available, diversification of rural land uses, the County’s cultural and heritage assets and the central location.

The project must concern eligible activity and in line with the above outlined Themes and Objectives to be considered at Expression of Interest stage.

Who can apply?

Expressions of interest forms are welcome from Community/Voluntary groups, Business/ Enterprise networks and Private Promoters.

Eligible activities include:

• Once off Event Costs
• Purchase or Hire of Equipment
• Marketing and promotional costs associated with the festival / event

Ineligible activities include:

Operational costs including overheads / administrative expenses; Upgrading or development of new or existing websites, entertainment costs; activities which have been or are being grant aided by other public sources; activities undertaken prior to grant approval.

Total Budget Available in this Call: €60,000

Grant aid/Maximum Funding Available: 50% up to maximum of €5,000

Closing Date for Expressions of Interest: 30th November 2016

Please note this is stage one of a two stage process whereby (i) Expression of Interest stage will be followed by stage (ii) an application process. The application process will only be open to those who submit a successful Expression of Interest Application.

Expression of Interest forms can also be downloaded by clicking here.

For further Information, please contact:

Offaly Local Development Company,
Millennium House,
Main Street,
Co. Offaly.

Tel: 057 9322850
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