Leader 2007-2013 has come to an end and the regional partnerships will be spending 2014 processing existing funding agreements. The amount of funding for the Regional Development Programme 2014 – 2020 will be announced very soon by theDept of Environment. The criteria for funding is likely to be announced in 1st quarter of 2014 and funding will hopefully be available mid 2015, but unlikely to be any earlier. The method of funding processing and distribution is still to be decided. It looks like “Employment”, “Rural Tourism” & “Rural Recreation” are going to be areas of priority.
So if you are thinking of applying to Leader for equipment or development, keep your ear to the ground, it is coming, but don’t hold your breath right now. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear any more details.