Community members in the ‘An Gairdin Beo’ Community Garden in Carlow, enjoying newly renovated facilities funded by LEADER

Community members in the ‘An Gairdin Beo’ Community Garden in Carlow, enjoying newly renovated facilities funded by LEADER

As of the end of August, there are almost 3,500 projects, including projects from the LEADER Food Initiative, approved for LEADER funding from the current programme (2014-2020). These projects have a total value of over €135m. This is an increase of almost 400 projects since our last news LEADER Programme Update. This has resulted in an increased spend of €13m from the LEADER budget in the last 3 months.

Further to this, there are an additional 438 LEADER projects in the middle of the approval process and these have an additional value of over €30m. This shows that despite the impacts of COVID-19 the LEADER Programme has continued to progress.

To learn more about LEADER funding and how to apply, visit: www.nationalruralnetwork.ie/leader