Rural Development

Please note that programme details for the 2021-2027 framework are forthcoming and the information below relates to programmes from the 2014-2020 framework; however, there may currently be open funding calls for this programme.

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Grant support for rural development is available under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 to support projects under the following themes:  

  • Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation 

  • Social Inclusion 

  • Rural Environment. 

Decisions on LEADER funding are made at a local level by a network of Local Action Group (LAGs). A community-led Local Development Strategy provides the framework within which decisions are made. For further information on LEADER funding in your local area, including how to apply for grants, you can contact your Local Action Group. 

Want to find out more? 


Use this informative interactive map of LAGs in Ireland to find your local LAG or contact The Wheel’s Regional Manager, Johnny Sheehan for further assistance: You also visit the National Rural Network website

Current Funding

No current open funds

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