Transitional LEADER Programme (1st April 2021 to 31st December 2022)
The Transitional LEADER Programme came into effect on 1st April 2021 and runs until 31st December 2022.
A total of €70 million has been allocated to support rural communities and private enterprises over 2021 and 2022. The breakdown is as follows:
€65 million is being allocated to support locally-led rural development across the 29 Local Action Groups (LAGs)
€3 million is being allocated to support the LEADER Cooperation measure which encourages rural areas to work together on joint projects with mutual benefits for each participating area
€2 million will be allocated to prepare for the next LEADER Programme.
A key focus of the Transitional LEADER Programme will be on building capacity within communities which have not received LEADER funding to date and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programme will also support:
• Job creation,
• Foster and encourage entrepreneurship,
• Support projects which address the climate agenda, digital transformation, and
• Encourage rural communities to build on their existing strengths and assets.
Other changes to the LEADER Programme include an increase in the maximum rate of aid for enterprises and commercial projects from 50% to 75%.
The €70 million is being financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the European Union Recovery Instrument (EURI) and Exchequer funding.
Indicative Target budgets for Westmeath are shown below:
Theme Sub-Theme Indicative Target Budget Percent of Allocation
Economic Development 1.1 Rural Tourism €225,000 20%
Economic Development 1.2 Enterprise Devel. €180,000 16%
Economic Development 1.3 Rural Towns €225,000 20%
Economic Development 1.4 Broadband €45,000 4%
Social Inclusion 2.1 Basic Services €232,805 21%
Social Inclusion 2.2 Rural Youth €22,500 2%
Rural Environment 3.1 Water Resources €45,000 4%
Rural Environment 3.2 Biodiversity €45,000 4%
Rural Environment 3.3 Renewable Energy €112,500 10%
(Revised LEADER allocation April 2021)