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


Renewable Energy Optimization at Lambay Island

Promoter Name: Lambay Estate Ltd Project Name: Renewable Energy Optimization at Lambay Island Theme: Rural Environment Sub-Theme: Development of Renewable Energy LEADER Funding received: €120,961.03 Project Description: The main aim of the project was to make the island carbon-free and reduce dependency on fossil fuel.  This would [...]


Oldtown Community Council- Upgrade

Promoter Name: Oldtown Community Council CLG Project Name:  Oldtown Community Council- Upgrade Theme: Economic Development Sub-Theme: Rural Towns LEADER Funding received: €10,682.51 Project Description: Upgrade project of Oldtown Community Hall building in the village. The works involved the complete decoration of the interior and exterior of the [...]

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