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 the need to support the development of the rural economy which has been identified as a focus for rural development. This is demonstrated by 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.

A central focus will be the need to ensure the social cohesion of a sub-regional area i.e. not just to support economic development but also to support social inclusion. Rural Ireland is becoming increasingly diverse and it is important to embrace this diversity ensuring that future community development recognises the needs of all members of society.

This theme 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, its features and natural resources, while simultaneously creating a greater environmental awareness and improving environmental protection.

Projects We’ve Helped

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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 [...]

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Theatre Surround Sound and Film Projector for Rush Dramatic Society

Promoter Name: Rush Dramatic Society CLG Project Name:  Theatre Surround Sound and Film Projector for Rush Dramatic Society Theme: Economic Development Sub-Theme: Rural Towns LEADER Funding received: €12,910.80 Project Description: Theatre Surround Sound and Film Projector for Rush Dramatic Society Testimony: With new equipment we greatly enhanced [...]

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The Skerries Community Association CLG

Promoter Name: The Skerries Community Association CLG Project Name:  Sustainable Skerries Eco Town Training Course Theme: Rural Environment Sub-Theme: Protection and Improvement of Local Biodiversity LEADER Funding received: € 5,450.00 Project Description: Skerries Eco Town Training Course. Testimony: The training helped us to know each other [...]

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The Pipers Garden Music Project

Promoter Name: The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre Company CLG Project Name:  The Pipers Garden Music Project Theme: Economic Development Sub-Theme: Rural Tourism LEADER Funding received: €92,366.10 Project Description: The project involved the purchase of state of the art outdoor sound and lighting equipment for the Pipers Garden [...]

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The Newcastle Lyons Heritage Trail Project

Promoter Name: ReNewcastle Community Group Project Name:  The Newcastle Lyons Heritage Trail Project Theme: Economic Development Sub-Theme: Rural Tourism LEADER Funding received: €23,010.99 Project Description: Building and designing the Newcastle Lyons Heritage Trail. The ‘heritage trail’ now consists of signage at 11 heritage sites around Newcastle Village [...]

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The Artisan Pizza Company Ltd Business Expansion Plan 2020

Promoter Name: The Artisan Pizza Company Ltd Project Name:  The Artisan Pizza Company Ltd Business Expansion Plan 2020 Theme: Rural Economic Development, Enterprise Development And Job Creation Sub-Theme: Enterprise Development LEADER Funding received: €104,047.48 Project Description: Purchase of new machinery to increase production volume and create jobs. [...]

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St Maurs GAA Club, Rainwater Harvesting and Irrigation project

Promoter Name: St Maur's GAA Club Project Name:  St Maurs GAA Club, Rainwater Harvesting and Irrigation project. Theme: Rural Environment Sub-Theme: Protection and Sustainable use of Water Resources LEADER Funding received: €59,436.82 Project Description: This project involved the installation of a rainwater harvesting and irrigation system for [...]

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