Rural Development / LEADER Programme
The LEADER Programme - funded by both the EU and Irish Government - is a programme to support communities across Offaly to build on what they have in their local area; overcome social and economic challenges they may face and make the most of the opportunities that may arise. The programme provides financial assistance (grants), advice and training to support businesses start up, expand or develop new products; communities projects to be planned and carried out and assist projects that help the rural environment (natural, built, and cultural) within Offaly to flourish and thrive.
Who does the programme prioritise?
Communities; Enterprise ;Youth; Social Enterprise;
What Supports are available within the programme?
• Businesses can apply for maximum grant rate of 50% for capital projects up to a maximum of €200,000 and 75% for Analysis and Development (A&D) projects up to a maximum of €30,000.
• Social Enterprises can maximum grant rate of 75% for capital projects up to a maximum of €200,000 and Analysis and Development (A&D) projects up to a maximum of €30,000.
• Community projects (where there is no economic activity) can apply for a maximum grant rate of 75% for capital projects to a maximum of €200,000; A&D up to 90% and Training up to 100% Subject to available budgets.
Who can avail of your supports?
Businesses in the sectors of Food, Craft, Tourism, Manufacturing, Technology and Creative Industries. Businesses operating as community based social enterprises. Community organisations for development or upgrading of community amenities and buildings that are open to all; improvements to their local environment or projects aimed at benefiting specific groups within their community e.g. older people, young people, people living in rural isolation...
Download RDP LEADER information booklet below.
For further information or to obtain an Expression of Interest (EOI) form please contact a member of the Rural Development Programme team within OLDC.
For further information contact:
Offaly Local Development Company,
Tel. 057 9322 850/087-8124986