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LEADER RDP 2023 – 2027
Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development
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The Louth Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is the Local Action Group (LAG) with ultimate responsibility for the delivery, implementation and finances of the LEADER RDP 2023-2027 programme in County Louth

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What is LEADER?

LEADER is a French acronym and stands for ‘Links between actions of rural development’. As its name suggests, LEADER is a method of mobilising and delivering rural development in local rural communities, rather than a fixed set of measures to be implemented. Experience has shown that LEADER can make a real difference to the daily lives of people in rural areas, with local businesses and community groups in County Louth benefiting from LEADER funding since 1995. ​ It promotes social inclusion, poverty reduction and the economic development of rural areas. LEADER is based on a bottom up approach to rural development whereby rural communities and people identify their own needs and propose solutions.

The 7 Principles of LEADER

The EU CAP Network (formerly ENRD) has produced a comprehensive guide to the Community Led Local Development Approach including the Principles of the LEADER: 1) Bottom-Up Approach – places local communities at the center of local development processes and is defined by consultation, participation and collective decision-making. 2) Area-Based Approach – focuses on coherent sub-regional areas and seeks to target the priorities and opportunities of the LDS area as a whole. 3) The Local Partnership – the Local Action Group (LAG) is a central element of the CLLD approach and must comprise partners from public, private and civil society. 4) An integrated and multi-sectoral strategy – the LAG and their LDS should seek to capitalise on links and synergies between different sectors in their area. 5) Networking – networking is also a central element of the LEADER approach and seeks to support networking and exchange at local, national and European levels. 6) Innovation – supporting innovative solutions to local issues.  7) Co-operation – fostering and supporting co-operation and collaboration between LAGs at national and European level.

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Local Development Strategy

LEADER includes a number of themes that reflect the key challenges facing rural Ireland today, with regard to economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion and reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion. Theme 1: Economic Development, Enterprise & Job Creation Theme 2: Rural Infrastructure & Social Inclusion Theme 3: Sustainable Development of the Rural Environment & Climate Change Mitigation & Adaption​ Each theme contains a number of sub-themes, which are considered the key areas in need of the greatest support and have the greatest potential to promote the sustainable development of rural communities.

What can LEADER Fund?

LEADER includes a number of themes that reflect the key challenges facing rural Ireland today, with regard to economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion and reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion.​ Theme 1: Economic Development, Enterprise & Job Creation Theme 2: Rural Infrastructure & Social Inclusion Theme 3: Sustainable Development of the Rural Environment & Climate Change Mitigation & Adaption​ Each theme contains a number of sub-themes, which are considered the key areas in need of the greatest support and have the greatest potential to promote the sustainable development of rural communities.

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Click on each Theme below to see more information - 

For more more info on this programme please contact:

+353 87 1735168

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