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