LEADER Programme Promotion Week

The NRN ran a ‘LEADER Programme Promotion Week’ on our social media channels from the 29th of June to the 5th of July 2020. This pioneering initiative provided rural communities and entrepreneurs with an in-depth insight into the LEADER Programme 2014-2020, and also helped future applicants conceptualise their ideas and see what is possible through LEADER’s unique ‘bottom up’ community-led approach to rural development, particularly as they prepare to rebuild, redevelop and reenergize as part of Ireland’s Covid-19 crisis recovery response.

LEADER content promoted over the course of this initiative can be found below:


LEADER Programme Promotion Week DAY 1 – Monday June 29th – LEADER Programme 2014-2020 Funding Update & How to Apply Factsheet

Interested in applying for LEADER funding to support community-led rural development but not sure how to go about it? The NRN have produced a useful step-by-step guide exploring how the LEADER funding process works in practice, providing an overview of the main stages involved and necessary requirements when making an application. Please see: https://bit.ly/2Pp451d

This guide was also featured in the March 2020 edition of the European Network for Rural Development’s (ENRD) monthly newsletter. Please see: https://bit.ly/33WZDwX


LEADER Programme Promotion Week DAY 2 – Tuesday June 30th – LAGs and IPs Contact Details Interactive Map

Thinking about applying for LEADER funding for ‘bottom-up’ community development in your locality, but need expert advice? The NRN’s Local Action Groups (LAGs) & Implementing Partners (IPs) Interactive Map of Ireland provides rural individuals, businesses and community groups with easy and convenient access to relevant contact details, such as email address and phone numbers.
This ‘one-stop-shop’ map also contains links to the websites and social media pages of each of Ireland’s LAGs and IPs. A booklet version of this map can also be downloaded from the NRN website.
See: https://bit.ly/3i2Fb43
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DAY 3 – Wednesday July 1st – LEADER Project Interactive Storyboard 

LEADER Programme Promotion Week The NRN have developed three interactive Storyboard databases featuring 68 project examples funded under the each of the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 themes. As well as indicating the geographical location of each project, these storyboards provide a summary of each, as well as links to further information. This innovative dissemination platform provides access to information on inspirational LEADER project case studies and ideas to help potential applicants conceptualise projects and see what is possible for people living in rural communities throughout Ireland. Please see: https://bit.ly/2B6Hr9S

The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) featured these Storyboards in the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of their Rural Connections magazine (p.36-37) as a good practice dissemination model to communicate the success of the objectives set out in Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020. Please see: https://bit.ly/3ez5Wez

DAY 4 – Thursday July 1st – LEADER Project Video Case Studies

LEADER Programme Promotion Week Looking for inspirational LEADER funding examples and ideas? If so, then check out the NRN’s collection of LEADER Case Study videos. These videos showcase 8 diverse projects located throughout Ireland that have been funded under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020. Individuals and community groups who have availed of LEADER funding speak passionately in these videos about the importance of the programme and the benefits and success the funding has brought them. Please see: https://bit.ly/3fP54me

LEADER Programme Promotion WeekDAY 5 – Friday July 2nd – LEADER Project Infographics

The NRN have produced three informative new infographics illustrating the geographical location of 72 project examples throughout Ireland funded under each of the three themes of the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 (Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation; Social Inclusion & Rural Environment). Please see: https://bit.ly/2BDJiDf


DAY 6 – Saturday July 4th – LEADER Newsletters

LEADER Programme Promotion Week In addition to our monthly E-Bulletins and Quarterly Newsletters, the NRN produce a number of LEADER Newsletters every year focusing on issues relating to the LEADER 2014-2020 Programme. The most recent issue, published in December 2019, contained a number of items pertaining to LEADER including an update on how the current LEADER programme 2014-2020 is progressing, as well as NRN activities in relation to ‘bottom-up’ community-led local development. Please see: https://bit.ly/2BA0Os2


DAY 7 – Sunday July 5th – LEADER Project Case Study Leaflet

The NRN and the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) in conjunction with a number of Local Action Groups (LAGs), Implementing Partners (IPs) and Project Promoters published an informative new booklet last year showcasing a range of different LEADER supported project examples from across the country, funded under each of the LEADER sub-themes of Enterprise Development, Rural Towns, Rural Tourism, Broadband, Rural Youth, Basic Services Targeted at Hard to Reach Communities, Protection and Sustainable Use of Water Resources, Improvement of Local Biodiversity and the Development of Renewable Energy. Please see: https://bit.ly/37YZYB6


LEADER Programme Promotion Week