Thursday, 9 February 2017

LEADER / Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020

Since its launch in 1992, LEADER has provided rural communities, across the EU, with the resources to enable Local Action Groups together with Local Partners to actively engage and direct the local development of their area, through a community-led local development.  LEADER has three Rural Development Programmes and eight sub-themes:

Theme 1:          Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation.
Sub-themes:    Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development, Rural Town.

Theme 2:          Social Inclusion
Sub-themes:    Basic services targeted at hard to reach communities and Rural Youth.

Theme 3:          Rural Environment
Sub-themes:    Protection and sustainable use of water resources, Protection and improvement of    local bio-diversity and Development of renewable energy.

A guide to LEADER in Wicklow is available to download from

Calls for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) will be sought across the various LEADER themes and subthemes at different times throughout 2016 to 2020.  Should you wish to submit an Expression of Interest under a time specific / targeted call you must do so by the date specified.  Only EOIs deemed eligible will then be invited to submit a full application. These calls will be advertised in local media and on the County Wicklow Partnership website 

County Wicklow Partnership is now seeking Expressions of Interest from those seeking support under the LEADER / Rural Development Programme.  The LEADER Programme is now operating time limited / targeted calls for applications. This is a two stage process. Stage 1 is the Call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) and Stage 2 is the Application Stage.    
EOI forms are available to download on or by email from or by contacting 0402 20955.

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