Community Enhancement Programme 2018 (LIMERICK)

A new Community Enhancement Programme has been launched by the Department of Rural and Community Development. It will fund projects that seek to enhance facilities and communities in disadvantaged areas as identified in the Local Economic & Community Plan.

The Programme will offer not-for-profit groups access to capital funding in order to kick-start, advance or complete their projects. The Programme seeks to address some of the difficulties these groups face in terms of accessing small scale levels of funding to match their own fundraising efforts.

In Limerick, the Local Community Development Committee will receive and evaluate the applications. Applicants are requested to link their proposed actions to the Limerick Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP).

Closing date for applications is 4pm Monday 30th July 2018.

Once completed, applications should be sumitted by post to:

Limerick LCDC
Community Enhancement Programme
Social Development
Limerick City and County Council
Merchants Quay
V94 EH90

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LEADER Food Initiative

Up to €15 million of LEADER funding has been announced nationally under the ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ to support new and existing artisan/small food and beverage producers and is intended to make a vital contribution to the development of local food businesses.

Funding is available for capital investment, analysis and development, or training.  The types of projects that are eligible for funding include the renovation and extension of production facilities; the purchase of processing equipment; marketing development, competitiveness and innovation.

Support for Artisan/Micro/Small food and beverage producers may include but is not limited to, the following:

  • Applications with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
  • Applications with a regional product development focus, including supports for marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
  • Applications for marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
  • Applications for improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, marketing and business skills deficits.

The maximum amount of funding available is €200,000 per project.

Ballyhoura Development now invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) for this initiative. Click here to access the EOI form. If your EOI is deemed eligible. You will be directed to submit a full application within the following nationally set timeframes:

·        30th June 2018 to 28th September 2018
·        29th September to 30th November 2018


A LEADER information evening will be held on Wednesday the 13th of June in the offices of Ballyhoura Development, Coote Hall Resource Centre, Kilmallock, Co Limerick at 7.30pm.

To book your place please contact: Donna Cleary at 063 20517 or e-mail

If you would like to discuss the LEADER Food Initiative and find out more about the LEADER application process, please contact your nearest Ballyhoura office at the following locations:


North East District: Cappamore

John Hassett, T: 061 381174, e:

Clare Jordan T: 061 381174, e:


Galtee District: Mitchelstown/Kilfinane

Sadie Allen: T: 025 85213, e:

Don Colbert, T: 063 91300 or 086 9736941, e:


Golden Vale District Kilmallock

Donna Cleary, T: 063 20510, e:

David O Grady, T: 063 20511, e:


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Ballyhoura Festivals & Events and Community Planning Initiatives

Festivals & Events and Community Planning Initiatives

Ballyhoura Development CLG, through support from the LEADER programme, launched two important and exciting initiatives available to local communities and groups within the Ballyhoura area at Deebert Hotel, Kilmallock on May 23rd.

The Community Socio-Economic Planning and Festivals & Events initiatives will provide an opportunity for successful communities to plan for future development, guided by professional supports, through proven processes.

See the presentation slides from the event HERE

A number of communities can now benefit from taking part in these initiatives and are invited to complete the Notice of Interest Form

The deadline for returning completed Notice of Interest Forms is close of business on Wednesday, 6th June, and the email address to submit them to is Please complete two separate forms if you are interested in both initiatives.


Further information is available from you local development officers:

North East District: Cappamore

John Hassett, T: 061 381174, e:

Clare Jordan T: 061 381174, e:


Don Colbert, T: 063 91300 or 086 9736941, e:

Galtee District: Mitchelstown

Sadie Allen: T: 025 85213, e:

Golden Vale District Kilmallock

Donna Cleary, T: 063 20511, e:

David O Grady, T: 063 20511, e:



Background to the Initiatives

Community Socio Economic Planning Initiative

Building a sense of community and the process of working together, even if it is difficult at times, helps create a greater sense of community and ownership of local issues. This has been the experience of Ballyhoura Development who have used a participatory community socio-economic planning process model with communities for many years. The model has supported communities to bring about actions that are developed and designed with community involvement, relevant to social, enterprise, environment and sporting sectors, better reflecting what is needed and wanted in an area.

To provide further support to communities with community planning, through the LEADER programme, Ballyhoura Development has engaged the services of contractors Paul O’Raw, Niall Henan, and Dr Shane O’Sullivan. A number of communities can be supported through this programme, and a notice of interest is required for participation.

National and local governments may not have sufficient resources or local knowledge to solve problems in all local areas. Having a community plan available to Local Authorities and other agencies makes them aware of the issues affecting your local community. A community plan helps to ensure strategic planning of resource allocation and grant aid can target challenges and projects of real relevance in rural areas. Grant-giving or philanthropic bodies also welcome projects seeking funding that have completed community consultation, have consensus and committed involvement. A community plan can act as blueprint from which communities can legitimately apply and be viewed favourably for funding assistance for their projects to be realised.


Festivals & Events initiative

Ballyhoura Development, supported by the LEADER programme, have developed an exciting initiative to support the Festivals & Events groups within the Ballyhoura Area. Tadhg and Brid from Approved productions have worked with some of the most successful and prestigious festivals and events in the country, and are now in a position to provide their knowledge and expertise to successful groups in the Ballyhoura area.

Community & voluntary, and private operators in the festivals & events sector contribute hugely to both the vibrancy, social connectedness, and also to the economies of many rural areas. Developing festival or event ideas, planning and running them can be a time consuming and sometimes lonely process but it can also be, exciting and rewarding to see people from your community and from further afield, take part in events and activities, while enjoying and appreciating local culture, custom, food and facilities.

Ballyhoura Development, recognising that a healthy and vibrant festivals and events sector is a vital element of any rural community, have procured highly experienced professionals in the sector to deliver a suite of supports which are designed to help revitalise and possibly re-imagine your festival or event.

Supports relate to Festival Planning, training & marketing supports. A number of events can be supported through this programme and a notice of interest is required for participation.


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