What Funding Do We Provide

Dublin Rural Leader Programme can provide up to €200,000 grant-aid per project, as LEADER funding is not intended for major projects.

Exceptional community projects can qualify for a higher grant but require prior approval from the Department of Arts, Heritage, rural, Regional and Gaeltacht Affairs. The maximum grant amount for analysis and Development projects is €30,000.

Grant rates

Grants For Individuals

Dublin Rural Leader programme may award funding under all themes and sub themes to a maximum of 75% of the total project cost. This percentage may be increased to 90% for analysis and development type projects and to 100% for training type projects.

These are maximum rates of aid and the LAG may award lower rates of aid as it considers appropriate. The LAG will consider the rate of aid offered on a project-by-project basis.

Grants for Community Applicants

Higher maximum rates of aid may be applied for community-based projects where there is no commercial basis for the project. For capital projects, it could be up to 75% or as high as 90% in the hard to reach communities sub-theme. (The use of this aid rate will be carefully monitored and interpretation of this sub-theme will be strictly applied).

Rate aid can be up to 90% for analysis and development type projects and to 100% for training type projects.

De Minimis Rule

LEADER grant assistance is subject to the EU ‘de minimis’ rule which stipulates that aid to any one beneficiary must not exceed €200,000 from all grant-giving agencies over a three year period.  ‘De minimis’ does not apply to non-commercial community projects.

Eligible Costs Include

Here is a list of costs that will be considered as eligible under a grant application:

  • Capital/Construction
  • Purchase of New Machinery & Equipment
  • General Professional costs referred to in a&b relating to advice on environmental & economic sustainability (up to 12%)
  • Purchase & development of computer software
  • Training
  • Analysis & Development
  • Marketing and promotional costs associated with a specific project
  • Hire of equipment deemed necessary to deliver a Project

Eligible and Ineligible Projects

Here is a list of eligible and ineligible projects. If you don’t see your project or idea included in either of these lists, please get in contact with us and we can advise you on your project.

Eligible projects
The following investment operations are eligible for funding.

  • Construction, acquisition or improvement of immovable property
  • Purchase of new machinery and equipment up to the market value of the asset;
  • General costs linked to expenditure, such as architect, engineer and consultation fees, fees relating to advice on environmental and economic sustainability, including feasibility studies. Feasibility studies shall remain eligible expenditure even where, based on their results, no expenditure under points (a) and (b) is made;
  • Professional costs, such as the fees of architects, archaeologists, engineers and consultants, shall be eligible for funding up to a ceiling of 12% of the capital costs of such projects. This ceiling is the cumulative limit for all professional fees associated with a project and the percentage should vary depending on the work carried out. LAGs should encourage promoters, where feasible, to tender separately for professional costs rather than including as part of the overall works contract. Professional fees associated with a capital project e.g. an architect preparing plans for planning permission, are not eligible as a standalone project. In light of the level of complexity involved in these types of projects, the 12% limit on professional costs does not apply to heritage and environment projects.
  • Professional costs are not permitted as a stand-alone project unless they come under the definition of analysis and development
  • Intangible investments such as the acquisition or development of computer software and acquisitions of patents, licenses, copyrights, trademarks.


Projects not eligible

  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries
  • Conventional retail operations, excluding community based shops and farm shops selling locally produced produce
  • Courses of instruction or training which form the part of normal education programmes or systems at secondary or higher levels. Note: This includes the rural development diploma and degree
  • Loans
  • Working capital (including stock)
  • Operational Costs of Project Promoters – salary/overheads etc
  • Insurance for project promoters
  • Horticulture (including bee-keeping)
  • Payments for gifts, donations or personal entertainments
  • Statutory fines and penalties, criminal fines and damages
  • Legal expenses in respect of litigation
  • Costs associated with meeting a legislative or statutory requirement
  • Planning application fee
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Improvements/refurbishment of private residential property
  • Projects that already have other EU funding either directly or through a national programme
  • Conventional motor vehicles, including cars, trailer to transport such vehicles, industrial/farm/construction vehicles, vans and buses
  • General maintenance works of public bodies
  • Childcare
  • Health Care & Health Care equipment; – unless in exceptional cases where approved by the Department
  • Nursing homes
  • Housing
  • Race and sport horse industries (with the exception of ancillary activities for the provision of services to those industries)
  • Greyhound Industry

How to Apply

Now that you know how much funding you can get, the type of projects that are likely to be eligible and ineligible, why not head over to our page to discover more about the geographic area that we serve?