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‌Funding Opportunity for Local Improvement Projects

Calling all Community Groups in Westmeath

There are currently a number of grant funding streams available to community groups to undertake improvement projects in their local area.  Rural Development initiatives include the CLÁR Programme, Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure scheme and the LEADER programme.  These grant funding programmes generally range from €10,000 to €500,000 and focus on projects that enhance local amenities and develop towns and villages socially, economically and culturally.

Westmeath County Council is seeking completed Expressions of Interest forms from local groups interested in advancing projects in their local area.  All Expressions of Interest should be submitted:

    By email at dce@westmeathcoco.ie
    By post to Community Development, Westmeath County Council, Aras an Chontae, Mullingar, County Westmeath.

To be received by Monday 8th April 2019.

Full details and Expression of Interest forms please click here Rural Support EOI 2019

If you have any queries please contact the Community Development Section, Westmeath County Council at Tel: 044-9332215.



Leader is an EU funded programme aimed at improving the quality of life in rural areas and diversifying the rural economy. It supports the delivery of local development actions in rural communities and has formed part of EU funding supports since 1991. For the new LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) will be the Local Action Group with Westmeath Community Development Ltd as the lead Implementation Partner. A budget of €7.4m is available for Westmeath under this new Programme.


For further information regarding the LEADER Programme, Please contact Westmeath Community Development Ltd


A copy of the Local Development Strategy can be obtained by clicking on the attached link Local Development Strategy (5,866kB)

The National Rural Network April 2016 Newsletter can be obtained by clicking on the attached link National Rural Network (1,153kB)

CLÁR 2019

CLÁR (CeantairLagaÁrd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage. The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas with the aim of attracting people to live and work there.  The funding works in conjunction with local/Agency and other Departmental funding programmes and on the basis of locally identified priorities.

For details on what Westmeath Locations can apply please click here (Clar Map)

Detailed Measure Outline

Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
CLÁR 2019 will consider support for interventions that make the school/community facility environs healthier and safer for the children attending the schools, and for children and adults using the community facilities.

Measure 2: Schools/Community Play Areas (including MUGAs)
CLÁR 2019 will consider support for the enhancement of existing and/or the development of new School/Community Play areas

Measure 3(c): Sensory Gardens
Criteria will allow for applications for specialist sensory gardens and play equipment. The maximum level of funding for sensory garden projects will be limited to €60,000, with a requirement for match funding of at least 15% of the total cost of the project. A Local Authority or other eligible applicant may bundle a sensory garden project with a playground or MUGA project. Such projects must be located in a CLÁR area.
Eligible Applicants: Care Facilities, Community Groups, Local Development Companies, Local Authorities.

For further information on all the Clár Measures please refer to the DRCD Website


The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an initative under the Government's Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, and is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland.

The scheme will focus on projects that enhance and develop towns and villages socially, economically and culturally. All towns and villages in Westmeath apart from Athlone and Mullingar are eligible for consideration. Selection of projects will be by means of a competitive process and we are inviting local groups to submit an Expression of Interest.

Town and Village 2019 to be announced later in the year.Town & Village Expression of Interest


Below are Community Led Action Plans developed in 2018 by the respective local communities.

Westmeath Local Action Plans

Kinnegad Local Action Plan

Clonmellon Local Action Plan

Castlepollard Local Action Plan

Delvin Local Action Plan

Killucan/Rathwire Local Action Plan

Rochfortbridge Local Action Plan

Tyrrellspass Local Action Plan

Moate Local Action Plan

Kilbeggan Local Action Plan