Programmes & Funds

Programmes & Funds

LEADER Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020

LEADER uses a ‘bottom-up’ or community-led local development approach to rural development. The programme aims to bring about positive change in rural areas through funding, training and animation for communities, enterprise and individuals and support rural development projects to:

  • Revitalise rural areas
  • Promote social inclusion
  • Encourage enterprise and job creation.

Individuals, businesses, social enterprises and community groups are eligible to apply for LEADER funding. Specifically, the Rural Development Programme is split into thematic areas identified as most in need of support and with the greatest potential to promote sustainable development for rural communities.


LEADER Themes

Economic, Enterprise Development and Job Creation:

  • Rural Tourism
  • Enterprise Development
  • Rural Towns
  • Broadband

Social Inclusion:

  • Basic Services targets at Hard to Reach Communities
  • Rural Youth

Rural Environment:

  • Protection and Sustainable use of Water Resources
  • Protection and Improvement of Local Biodiversity
  • Development of Renewable Energy

 

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).

Further details on LEADER in South Cork and LEADER in West Cork, including calls for projects, can be found on the following dedicated websites:

www.leadersouthcork.com

www.leaderwestcork.com

If you are located in the SECAD area and would like further information on how to apply for support through LEADER or to discuss a project idea, contact SECAD at 021 461 3432

Development Officers

South Cork – Katie Kearns kkearns@secad.ie

West Cork – Ross Curley rcurley@secad.ie

’SECAD Partnership uses a ‘bottom-up’ or community-led local development approach to bring about positive change in rural areas through training and up-skilling in communities and in supporting individuals, businesses and communities to access the required funds for their business/development projects.”

Ryan Howard

CEO, SECAD Partnership

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LEADER Food Initiative for Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers

€15 million has been allocated nationally by the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Dept of Rural and Community Development to the LEADER Food Initiative (Rural Development Programme 2014-2020). Expressions of Interest and full applications are now being accepted.

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.

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 deficits.

How to apply
Applications are managed through the LEADER LAGs with applications being processed by the LEADER Implementing partners and recommendations made by the LCDC’s to the DAFM and DRCD. Qualifying projects seeking between €5,000 and €200,000 in grant aid are eligible to apply.

The Implementing Partner for LEADER / LEADER Food in South and West Cork is SECAD Partnership CLG.

For further Information and to make an Application

Contact:

Ross Curley (West Cork based projects) rcurley@secad.ie

OR

Katie Kearns (South Cork based food projects) kkearns@secad.ie

Contact SECAD on 021-4613432
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SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893

+353 21 4613432

info@secad.ie