Supporting Rural Development in
Waterford County

Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014 – 2020

This programme is now closed to new applications.

Waterford Leader Partnership CLG have been given responsibility for delivering the new LEADER Rural Development Programme worth €7.5 million to County Waterford.

The priority for the new LEADER programme is to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.  This priority acknowledges the key challenges facing County Waterford following the economic downturn and facilitates the provision of supports to address issues, such as the impact of high levels of unemployment and an increase in levels of poverty and exclusion.

As LEADER aims to build the capacity and skills of the local community and socio-economic interests in County Waterford to tackle local development objectives, it directly contributes to the promotion of local development in rural areas, which itself has three areas of focus:

  1. Facilitating diversification, creation of new small enterprises and job creation;
  2. Promoting local development in rural areas;
  3. Enhancing access to, use and quality of ICT in rural areas.

In addition, the LEADER programme outlines a series of key themes and sub-themes that will form the basis of LEADER activities in County Waterford.  These themes are drawn from both extensive consultation and research conducted by the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) IN 2012 AND 2013. The priority themes and associated sub-themes for economic and community development proposed for the programme are as follows:-

Summary of Current Funding Ceilings and Support Rates

Project Type: Investment & other supports (including animation undertaken as part of the implementation of a project)
Private Applicant

  • Maximum Rate of Aid: Up to a maximum of 50%
  • Maximum Funding: €200,000

Community Applicant: Up to a maximum of 75%

Project Type: Community under basic services targeted at hard to reach communities sub-theme

  • Up to a maximum of 90%

Project Type: Analysis and Development
Private Applicant

  • Maximum Rate of Aid: Up to a maximum of 75%
  • Maximum Funding: €30,000

Community Applicant: Up to a maximum of 90%

Project Type: Training
Private or Community Applicant

  • Maximum Rate of Aid: Up to a maximum of 100%
  • Maximum Funding: €200,000


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

Ineligible Activities

Related Documents
RDP (LEADER) 2014 -2020 Waterford County Information Booklet pdf 3.31 MB 1677
RDP (LEADER) 2014 -2020 Information Workshop Presentation pptx 5.06 MB 1111
Rural Development Projects Fully Completed and Paid as at 6 3 19 pdf 84 KB 1071
LEADER Factsheet pdf 749 KB 1398
Further Information
Pobal - LEADER

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