LEADER 2014 – 2020

Do you have a Tourism / Business idea, a project you think could benefit you, your family or your farm?

Has your committee a project that can benefit your local community?

……………if so, then LEADER is now Open and inviting Proposals!


LEADER is all about local people coming up with ideas that help to economically sustain and improve the quality of life in their local areas. The programme is open to both Community and Private promoters who wish to seek support to enable them develop their project.


The LEADER Programme includes 3 main themes and 9 sub-themes as outlined below.  These sub-themes are considered to be the key areas in need of the greatest support and have the greatest potential to promote the sustainable development of rural communities.

Applications for projects that fit under LEADER are now being accepted under all the above themes on a ‘first come, first served basis’ and are not subject to any application deadlines.

In general, private promoters can avail of up to a maximum rate of 50% (Capital) and 75% (Analysis & Development) funding, while community projects can avail of between 75% and 90%. Basic Services targeted at hard to reach communities may also be funded up to 90% for community projects where there is no commercial basis for the project. Training projects may avail of up to 100% grant rate. In general a ceiling of €200,000 grant-aid per project will apply.

For further information and to discuss your project in detail, please contact a LEADER Project Officer in Letterkenny (0749127056 or Donegal Town (0749723368).