Programmes & Funds
LEADER Food Initiative – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020
This initiative aims to support new and existing food and beverage producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as (1) market development, (2) competitiveness, and (3) innovation. €15 million has been allocated specifically to the LEADER Food Initiative. This funding will be delivered using the LEADER methodology. Expressions of Interest and full applications are now being accepted.
Support for food producers, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Artisan, Micro and Small food producers, including those with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
- Regional product development, including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
- Marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
- Improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, and marketing and business skills
Please note: Project applicants must be an Artisan, Micro or Small food producers and registered as a food producer with the relevant Competent Authority.
Pictured above are a few of the food producers who received support through the LEADER Food Initiative; Nathan King (Kinsale Bay Food Co.), Teresa Leahy (Leahy’s Open Farm), Michael Hassett (Hassett’s Bakery) alongside Minister Michael Creed TD and Suzanne Kearney, Assistant CEO, SECAD.
LEADER South Cork and LEADER West Cork
SECAD Partnership is an Implementing Partner of the LEADER programme in parts of South Cork and West Cork on behalf of the South Cork LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) and the West Cork LCDC (Local Community Development Committee).
“The LEADER food initiative offers food and beverage producers a real opportunity to benefit from investment in market development, competitiveness and innovation which enables both job creation and community development. Funding to date has supported investment in production equipment, branding and marketing which has resulted in potential job creation of up to 26 new roles”