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Avondhu Blackwater Partnership CLG are seeking Expressions of Interest for the following LEADER theme:

Theme: Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation.

Sub Theme: Enterprise Development

LEADER supports micro, small and medium enterprises through projects such a construction, business expansion, purchase of new machinery and equipment, analysis and development and projects which show clear potential for rural employment opportunities. The budget for this Call is €50,000. The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interests is 27th January 2020.  The following table provides a guide to the available budget and the level off grant aid for a limited number of projects

 

Project Type

Project Type

Rate of Aid

Deadline for Submission

Enterprise Development

 

Investment & other supports

 

Funding is on a competitive basis at a rate of 50% of the total eligible projects costs up to a maximum of €50,000 or whichever is the lesser.

27th January 2020

Enterprise Development

 

Analysis and Development

Funding is on a competitive basis at a rate of 75% of the total eligible projects costs up to a maximum of €50,000 or whichever is the lesser.

27th January 2020

Enterprise Development

 

Analysis and Development

Funding is on a competitive basis at a rate of 100% of the total eligible projects costs up to a maximum of €50,000 or whichever is the lesser.

27th January 2020

 

Funding will not be awarded if it will result in an unacceptable level of displacement e.g. closure or loss of business for another enterprise elsewhere. Applicants for capital projects must provide proof of ownership/satisfactory lease of land/buildings and have full planning permission or a planning exemption at the time of application.

This is a Targeted Call and all Expressions of Interest received will referred to North Cork LAG for approval. All approved Expressions of Interest will be invited to submit a full LEADER project application thereafter.

Ineligible Activities

  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries; 

  • Conventional retail operations, excluding community based shops and farm shops selling locally 
produced produce;
  • Courses of instruction or training which form the part of normal education programmes or systems at secondary or higher levels. Note: This includes the rural development diploma and degree; 

  • Loans;
  • Working capital (including stock); 

  • Operational Costs of Project Promoters – salary/overheads etc.
  • Horticulture (including bee-keeping
  • Payments for gifts, donations or personal entertainments;
  • Statutory fines and penalties, criminal fines and damages
  • Costs associated with meeting a legislative or statutory requirement;
  • Application fees
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Improvements/refurbishment of private residential property;
  • Projects that already have other EU funding either directly or through a national programme;
  • Conventional motor vehicles, including cars, industrial/farm/construction vehicles, trailer to 
transport such vehicles, vans and buses;
  • General maintenance works of public bodies;
  • Childcare;
  • Health Care & Health Care equipment; – unless in exceptional cases where approved by the 

  • Nursing homes;
  • Housing
  • Race and sport horse industries*; (with the exception of ancillary activities for the provision of 
services to those industries);
  • Greyhound Industry. 


Proposed timeline:            

  • EOI Stage 1: The call opens on Wednesday 11th December 2019. You must submit your EOI on or before 27th January 2020. If you submit an EOI, you will get a letter or an email with details of the outcome of your EOI.
  • Application Stage 2: If you are successful at Stage 1, you must submit your application form and all supporting documents on or before 27th April 2020*.

*This may be subject to change

Contact Avondhu Blackwater on 022 46580 or info@avondhublackwater.com for further information.

Download Expression of Interest here.

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