NRN LEADER Impact Campaign

Celebrating the Impact of LEADER on Rural Communities


Did you avail of LEADER funding during the 2014-2020 LEADER programme?


Can you tell us the story of how LEADER impacted your rural enterprise, organisation, community or local environment?


Then we want to hear from you!


Deadline for entries updated: campaign now closes to entries on Friday, 16th October @ 5pm.


The National Rural Network (NRN) is launching a NRN LEADER Impact Campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to celebrate the impact of the LEADER Programme, which has been in operation in Ireland since 1991, on Rural Communities across Ireland. Impact, simply refers to a positive change that has resulted due to the LEADER programme, that may not otherwise have been possible. Impacts can be tangible like a much-needed community amenity or service, or something intangible like an increased sense of community pride or well-being.

Campaign Criteria:

To be involved all participants must submit an entry which has three parts. All entries must complete: (a) a standard application form which includes a small number of set questions (b) must be accompanied by a short video telling us the story of how LEADER has impacted your rural enterprise/ community/organisation or environment (c) at least 3 original images (JPEG format) pertaining to this project Thematic Categories: There will be three thematic categories in the campaign which will align directly with the themes as set out in the 2014-2020 LEADER Programme, under which your project received funding: Theme 1: Economic Development, Enterprise & Development and Job Creation Theme 2: Social Inclusion Theme 3: Rural Environment Why enter? Enter for an opportunity to have your project featured as a case study with the NRN, which will be disseminated further afield in local media and with the European Network for Rural Development. There’s also 3 One for All Vouchers to the value of €200 (one per thematic category) up for grabs for entrants.

Other Criteria:

Video Criteria

  • Your video must be no longer than 2 minutes long (120 seconds). This video should tell us the story of how LEADER funding has impacted your enterprise, organisation, community or local environment.
  • Videos must be uploaded to your application by providing the Youtube Link to your Video.
  • For handy tips on how to make your own video, please see here.


  • To submit an entry, you must be a member of the NRN. Join the NRN for free here.
  • You must also have received LEADER funding in the 2014-2020 Programme and have drawn down at least one part of your LEADER funding to be eligible to enter.

Closing date

  • Deadline Updated: the closing date for entries is now Friday, 16th October @ 5pm (updated from 2nd October).

Public Vote Once your submission has been accepted* your video will be shared via our website and social media and will be subject to a public vote. This public vote will run from Tues, 27th October to Tues, 23rd November. Entries with the highest number of votes, will be deemed the winners. There will be one winner for each thematic category. *On receipt of your submission the NRN will check that your entry meets all the criteria and you will be notified if your entry is deemed acceptable.

Enter Now

Download a copy of the questions you will need to complete to enter this campaign. Remember: your video must not exceed 2-minutes (120 seconds) in length. Entry Button