LEADER 2014 – 2020 Programme Themes and Sub-Themes

The Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 is split into three themes that reflect the overarching needs of rural Ireland. They reflect the key challenges facing rural Ireland, with regard to economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion and reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion.

Each theme contains a number of sub-themes, which are considered the key areas in need of the greatest support and have the greatest potential to promote the sustainable development of rural communities.

Theme 1 – Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation

Theme One focuses on driving continued local economic development, including diversification of the rural economy and the creation of employment opportunities for the local community, including those from disadvantaged groups.

Theme 2 – Social Inclusion

This theme focuses on promoting the cohesion of the sub-regional area, from both an economic development and social inclusion People may be excluded and marginalised from participating in activities that are considered the norm for others in society because of inadequate income and resources.  In rural areas, in particular, the low density of population, high levels of out-migration and distance from urban centres, can often result in fewer employment options and lower levels of service provision than in urban areas. In rural areas, people’s experience of exclusion is often compounded by physical isolation.

Theme 3 – Rural Environment

This theme seeks to maximise the potential of environmental actions to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities. It focuses on utilising the landscape within a local area, its features and natural resources, while simultaneously creating a greater environmental awareness and improving environmental protection.

LAGs and project promoters must comply with all national and EU Legislation, as well as any restrictions or obligations imposed by Government Departments or the relevant Local Authority, which may apply to the proposed project. All projects must have the necessary permissions or licences in place before any work commences. Projects funded under the sub-theme must also comply with the relevant Environment and Heritage rules.

Current Funding Ceilings and Support Rates

Type of Project Applicant Maximum Rate of Aid Maximum Funding

Investment & other supports (including animation undertaken as part of the implementation of a project)


 Up to a maximum of




 Up to a maximum of


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

Up to a maximum of


 Analysis and Development Private

 Up to a maximum of



 Up to a maximum of



Private or Community

Up to a maximum of 100%


The Operating Rules for the LEADER programme can be found here (link)

Projects Paid

North Cork

Community Memorial Garden Castletownroche Community Council€103,882.89
Development of Community Facilities – MUGA/ Tennis Courts and Astroturf 5 a side pitch.Glanworth Community Council€32,812.50
Development of Community PlaygroundMourneabbey Community Council€37,125.14
Dromahane Community PlaygroundDromahane Community Park Group€97,370.27
Mourneabbey Complex Walkway Extension and Tarmac CompletionMourneabbey Community Council€41,200.50
New Roof on HallConna Community Council€39,208.50
Rathcormac Communty Amenity Park Phase 1Rathcormac Community Council€150,000.00
Upgrading of facilities at Kilshannig Community CentreKilshannig Community Development Association€22,153.74
Construction Of and commissioning of a Cheese Dairy at Bo Rua FarmNorma Dinneen Limited (Trading as Bo Rua Farm)€149,997.94

South Cork

Grenagh PlaygroundGrenagh Parish Field LTD€75,780.01
Inniscarra Community Centre PlaygroundInniscarra Community Centre CLG€112,332.67
Blarney Waterloo WalkwayWaterloo Renewal Group€78,251.15

West Cork

Erection of street name platesDunmanway Community Council€4,349.58
Innishannon PlaygroundFriends of Innishannon Ltd€125,507.10
New access and development of car parking at Gaggin community centreGaggin Community Centre Ltd€144,672.53
Upgrade of Ball Alley Training AreaBandon GAA Hurling and Football Club€28,320.47