The LEADER Rural Development Programme is split into three themes that reflect the overarching needs of rural Ireland. An application must fit with one or more of the themes to be eligible. The themes reflect the key challenges facing rural Ireland, with regard to economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion and reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion. Each theme contains a number of sub-themes, which are considered the key areas in need of the greatest support and have the greatest potential to promote the sustainable development of rural communities.

Click on the section titles below for information on priority areas for support under the LEADER Rural Development Programme

Theme One focuses on driving continued local economic development, including diversification of the rural economy and the creation of employment opportunities for the local community, including those from disadvantaged groups.

Theme Two focuses on promoting the cohesion of the sub-regional area, from both an economic development and social inclusion perspective.

Theme Three seeks to maximise the potential of environmental actions to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities. It focuses on utilising the landscape within a local area, while simultaneously creating a greater environmental awareness and improving environmental protection.

Projects We’ve Helped


Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society

PROMOTER NAME: Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society PROJECT NAME: Ballyboughal Environmental Workshops Series THEME: Rural Environment SUB-THEME: Local Biodiversity LEADER FUNDING: €2,923.63 Project Description: The Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society conducted nine workshops on bushcraft, biodiversity, hedge laying and foraging, and walks held in Ballyboughal with local scout and youth clubs. Testimony [...]


Zipit Tilbradden Ltd.

PROMOTER NAME: Zipit Tibradden Ltd. PROJECT NAME: Installation of Clic-iT Lanyard Safety System at Zipit Tibradden THEME: Rural Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation SUB-THEME: Rural Tourism LEADER FUNDING: €24,976.00 Project Description: Purchase of innovative Clic-iT system to offer superior safety at the Tibradden base [...]


Donabate Portrane Community Centre CLG

PROMOTER NAME: Donabate Portrane Community Centre CLG PROJECT NAME: Donabate Portrane Community Centre Water Conservation THEME: Rural Environment SUB-THEME: Water resources LEADER FUNDING: €11,593.05 Project Description Implementation of Water reduction system for Donabate Portrane Community Centre Testimony “We wish to send our appreciation for the grant for our [...]

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