Projects in Louth are to benefit from the launch of the Local Development Strategy in which €6.1 million has been made available under the new LEADER programme. The launch took place in Blackrock Community Centre last Wednesday evening with members of the Local Community Development Committee, Local Authorities and Louth Leader Partnership in attendance. Chairman of the LCDC Cllr Colm Markey expressed his delight that the new LEADER programme in County Louth was now open. He thanked all who worked to develop the strategy and in particular the members of the LCDC for their direction and focus. In the same week as the launch of the Action Plan for Rural Development Cllr Markey highlighted the importance of rural development in a stable economy. He stated, as in the past LEADER programmes, there is potential for a number of excellent projects that will benefit from this funding which will be available until 2020.
Frank O’Brien, Chair of Louth Leader Partnership outlined all the good work that LLP had done in the past in County Louth and he was looking forward to LLP, the Local County Council and the LCDC working together to deliver funding for “community led” projects.
The LEADER programme, funded under Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, supports locally identified initiatives that seek to address locally identified needs and challenges by providing an opportunity for business and community groups to access funding for job creation, social inclusion projects and rural environmental projects that will help improve the quality of life for rural dwellers in the county.
The Programme opens on 1st February 2017 and anyone interested in discussing potential projects should contact Louth Leader Partnership Ardee office on 041 6857375