I welcome the funding that has been allocated to Kildare, Laois and Offaly under the Transitional LEADER programme for the period of 2021-2022, as part of a €70 million national package.
LEADER has always been about a ground-up, community-led approach. It has been a source of great support and will continue to benefit communities throughout Kildare, Laois & Offaly.
This funding will support locally-led projects which focus on many of the key themes of the Government’s Our Rural Future Policy such as building capacity and empowering local communities, embracing opportunities in the green economy, supporting remote working and the digital transformation, developing our outdoor amenities and creating jobs in rural areas.
The new programme is now open for applications and I would encourage communities and local enterprises who wish to avail of funding to make contact with their Local Development Company to discuss how the LEADER Programme can assist their plans.
I have included the contact details here for our constituency –
Kildare LCDC – County Kildare LEADER Partnership
Laois LCDC – Laois Community & Enterprise Development Company
Offaly LCDC – Offaly Local Development Company