Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, today (Monday, 21 October) announced details of the distribution of €5 million in additional funding for ten areas that are most advanced in the delivery of the LEADER Programme.
LEADER is delivered by 29 Local Actions Groups (LAGs) across the country whose role is to develop local strategies and to identify, select and fund projects in their respective areas which support their local strategies.
The funding announced by Minister Ring is additional to the existing budget of €220 million already available to LAGs and is being allocated to the ten top performing LAGs under the LEADER programme. The selection of the LAGs was based on an assessment of the level of funding they had approved for projects and the level of funding actually drawn down in respect of those projects on 20th September 2019. All LAGs were notified of the selection criteria in advance.
The 10 LAGs who will be offered additional funding of €500,000 each are:
- Cork North
Announcing the allocation of the additional funding, Minister Ring said:
Examples of rural projects recently allocated funding by LEADER include:
• Obair, a community group in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare which operates a Community Crèche, Afterschool Programme, Meals on Wheels and Community Café
• A community playground in Rockchapel village, County Cork
• Finn Precision Engineering from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan which develops products for the aerospace and agri-food markets
The Minister continued: