Ballyhoura Development Mentoring Programme Panel – an opportunity for retired business people in Ballyhoura Country

Ballyhoura Development CLG are seeking experienced and qualified Mentors to join a new Mentoring Programme Panel. The aim of the Mentoring Programme is to support the continued business development of clients who may be community-based social enterprises or individuals setting up and developing a new business.

The role of the Mentor will be to contribute independent, informed observation and advice and guidance to aid decision making and strategy development for business growth of the clients.

Ballyhoura Development would welcome applications from active or retired business people in the local area who would like to share their expertise, experience, insight and skills. This would be an exciting opportunity for someone who has some more time available to them and still has a passion for areas such as Business Development, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, IT & Governance.

Ballyhoura Development provides one-to-one supports to individuals who may be coming from a period of unemployment wishing to set up and develop their own business enterprise (mainly sole traders). Developmental supports are also provided to voluntary boards and committees of local community groups and social enterprises operating in the charity sector and who deliver or provide products or services to the local and wider community.

This is a paid service and interested parties should carefully read the Ballyhoura Development Mentoring Programme document and complete and return the application by 30th July 2018.

The following is a link to the Tender Application: Ballyhoura Development Mentoring Programme

Further details are available from David O’Grady, Development Officer with Ballyhoura Development, on tel. 063-20511 or email


This service is provided through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022, which is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

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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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