Supporting Rural Development in
Waterford County

LEADER 2023 – 2027

Waterford Leader Partnership CLG (WLp) are delighted to confirm the commencement of the 2023-2027 LEADER Programme. The LEADER Programme is an EU & Irish Government grant aid programme which supports rural communities to become better places to live and work. The aim of the LEADER Programme 2023-2027 as identified in the draft CAP Strategic Plan is to continue to support a community led local development (CLLD) approach to rural development by animating and funding initiatives that emerge at a local level to address local challenges and needs

Waterford Leader Partnership (WLP) CLG will deliver the Local Development Strategy (LDS) 2023 -2027 for Co Waterford. WLP consulted with communities and businesses to develop priority areas for funding.  These areas are defined in County Waterford’s LEADER Local Development Strategy (LDS).  See the explanatory LEADER Information Booklet below which summaries the LDS.

If you would like to get in touch to discuss potential projects please contact:-

Ms Claire Connors (Project Officer) on +353(58)51505 / +353(87)2311062

Ms Christine Rossi ( CEO & Project Officer)  on +353(58)54646


Funding is available for enterprises, community groups and individuals under a range of themes and sub themes.  Please note these are the maximum available rates and the percentage approved can be less depending on the project.


Project Type Funding Rate (%) Max. Funding
Capital (construction, equipment purchase etc.) 75% €200,000
Analysis & Development (feasibility studies, local plans etc.) 90% €30,000
Training 100% €200,000


Please note: Any project activity undertaken or started prior to the application or the date of the signed acceptance of the contract will not be eligible for LEADER funding. It is important to ensure that all project activities commence only after the formal approval and signing of the contract to qualify for funding.

Waterford LEADER Partnership CLG acts as the implementing partner on behalf of County Waterford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and has the responsibility for the administration, animation and delivery of the Leader Programme in Co Waterford.

The LEADER Programme in County Waterford is Co-funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development / Arna chomhchistiú ag an Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail and Co-funded by the European Union. LEADER is financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

LEADER 2023 -2027 Information Booklet Bilingual Version
LEADER 2023 - 2027 Leabrán Eolais Chontae Phort Láirge pdf 1.84 MB 40
LEADER 2023 -2027 County Waterford Information Booklet pdf 1.06 MB 72
Current Targeted Call pdf 897 KB 150
LEADER 2023-2027 Operating Rules pdf 3.25 MB 120
Project Scoring Criteria pdf 105 KB 86
LEADER 2023-2027 Heritage Project Rules pdf 1.01 MB 109
Appeals Process pdf 135 KB 59
Appeals Template Form vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 32 KB 73

Corporate Governance

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