Dublin Rural LEADER is encouraging community groups, individuals and businesses to apply for funding under our Rural Environment Theme – Biodiversity Sub-Theme. In the spirit of LEADER funding, we acknowledge that people living in the rural areas are most aware of what the problems are, what needs to be done and what resources are available. We encourage you to consider if there is anything you or your group can do to improve biodiversity in your area as loss of biodiversity threatens our fragile eco-systems and damage is often irreversible.


Projects eligible for funding include:

  • biodiversity mapping (i.e. indigenous flora and fauna),
  • establishment of biodiversity trails,
  • signage highlighting various species,
  • training,
  • capacity building,
  • awareness raising programmes including production of short videos to highlight issues,
  • production of leaflets,
  • purchase of equipment for cleaning up damaged areas or maintaining biodiversity,
  • enhancement or protection of biodiversity,
  • establishment of bug hotels,
  • hedgerow restoration,
  • local biodiversity plans,
  • publications regarding best practices.

Our grants range from €2,500-€200,000. Community groups are supported at 75% for capital projects and 90% for analysis & development projects while businesses and individuals are entitled to 50% funding for capital and 75% for A&D projects.


If you would like to undertake any of the above mentioned projects or have a different idea you can get in touch with the Rural Development Team on 01 807 4282 or at ldaroi@fingalleaderpartnership.ie.