Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014 - 2020
The Rural Development Programme aims to improve the quality of life for communities and community members living and working in rural areas, and to encourage diversification of the rural economy.
The LEADER Programme outlines three Themes that have been identified, through consultation and research, as representing the overarching needs of rural Ireland for this programme period. These themes respond to key challenges facing rural Ireland, with regard to: economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion, reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion.
Ballyhoura Development is the implementing partner of Limerick Local and Community Development Committee (LCDC) in the Ballyhoura Development area, and is responsible for delivering the majority of project and animation activities and actions, including managing calls for proposals and processing applications for LEADER funding, in line with the programme calls.
The Operational Rules of the Rural Development LEADER Programme set out the rules of the Programme, please note these are subject to change.
For further information or to discuss your project idea, please contact one of our offices, or email email@example.com
Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme
Ballyhoura Development implements the SICAP Programme across the Ballyhoura area, by providing supports and services to people who are unemployed, children and families from areas classified as disadvantaged, and people living in communities which are classified as disadvantaged. The programme is delivered through a community development approach, with a strong focus on collaboration and partnership, equality and anti-discrimination.
Supports and services are delivered across three Programme Goals:
Goal 1: Support to groups focused on social inclusion and equality in order to strengthen communities;
Goal 2: Supports to individuals in the area of education, training and lifelong learning opportunities;
Goal 3: Supports to individuals to assist them into employment and to become more job ready, through training courses, one-to-one mentoring and supports, CV & jobskills training etc.
Further information on SICAP is available at:
Getting Citizens Online Programme
Getting Citizens Online is a digital skills programme that aims to provide people who have never used the internet with the confidence, motivation, and skills to use the internet confidently and competently.
Ballyhoura Development has been contracted by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment to deliver this programme to non-liners, in their local communities, throughout the region.
The Programme focuses on practical aspects of online skills, such as:
- Internet safety & security
- Setting up and using email
- How to search for something on the internet
- Conducting everyday transactions such as online banking, herd registration, buying flights, etc
- Online voice and video calls
- Use of ‘Apps’
- Social Media
- Online shopping
Courses are delivered to groups of 7 to 10 people in local community facilities, and can be delivered in any community, if there is a group which would like to do the training. Training takes place over 5 weeks, through a 2 hour session each week, with one-to-one follow-ups provided to individuals if required.
If you would like us to deliver a course in your community, to a particular group of people you work or socialise with, or to a local community group, please contact Olivia O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 061 387042.
Details of upcoming courses are posted on our Facebook and twitter accounts.
Further information on this and other initiatives implemented by the Department are available here
Ballyhoura Development operates a Job Club to provide services to assist jobseekers to find and retain employment. Services offered include individualised supports, a ‘drop in’ service and formal workshops. The Ballyhoura Job Club is based in the Kilmallock Outreach office, and also outreaches one-to-one clinics and formal training in communities throughout the area, based on need.
The service enables jobseekers to take positive steps towards realising their career plans to support them to explore and access employment opportunities, by means of practical and participative supports from the Job Club Leader and Job Club Administrator. The Job Club also publishes a weekly Bulletin of job vacancies in the region.
The Job Club also plays a key role in liaising with local employers concerning potential job vacancies, and working with jobseekers and employers to match jobseekers with job opportunities that may suit their skills.
For further information, to arrange a meeting with the Job Club Leader, or to find out about upcoming training courses and sessions, please contact Joe Biggane at email@example.com or Anisa Moynihan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 063 20555.
The Job Club is supported by the Department of Social Protection and further details are available here.
Tús Work Placement Programme
Tús is a Community Work Placement Initiative which provides short term work placement opportunities for unemployed people. Ballyhoura Development employs 160 staff through Tús, who work with, and for communities, throughout the Ballyhoura area, on a wide range of short-term projects. Examples of work placement opportunities include:
- Community Councils;
- Community Childcare facilities;
- Tidy Towns Groups;
- Development and maintenance of recreation facilities, walking trails, etc.;
- Family Resource Centres;
- Sporting facilities such as GAA Clubs, Soccer clubs, etc.;
- Community IT and IT training initiatives
By matching the skills, training needs and career aspirations of Tús staff with community project needs, we aim to ensure that staff participating in the Initiative benefit by improving their skills and knowledge, while communities benefit by having additional resources available for their project.
If you have been unemployed for more than 12 months and would like to participate in the Scheme, please contact your local Social Welfare office and explain that you would like to apply for a Tus position on a ‘self-referral’ basis. If approved, The Department of Social Protection will forward your details to us and we will be in contact with you to arrange a meeting.
If your community or community project would like to apply for resource support through Tus, please contact us and we will send you a ‘Community Work Placement Application’ to complete, outlining your needs. Once returned, we will be in contact with you to discuss further.
Further information on the Scheme is available here
Rural Social Scheme
Ballyhoura Development employs 53 people on the Rural Social Scheme (RSS), which is an employment support scheme aimed at farmers and fisherpersons who are in receipt of long-term social welfare payments. RSS employees are employed for 19.5 hours per week to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities, which may include:
- Maintaining and enhancing waymarked ways
- Energy conservation work for the elderly and less well off
- Village and countryside enhancement projects
- Social care and care of the elderly, community care for both pre-school and after-school groups
- Environmental maintenance work-maintenance and caretaking of community and sporting facilities
- Projects relating to not for profit cultural and heritage centres
- Appropriate community projects identified during the course of the scheme
- Community Administration/Clerical work
You may be eligible to participate in the Rural Social Scheme if you are in receipt of Farm Assist and have an active herd number. For furhter information, please contact us
Full details of the Scheme are available here
Local Training Initiatives
Ballyhoura Development co-ordinates and delivers four Local Training Initiatives (LTIs) for unemployed people in the area, in partnership with Cork Education & Training Board and with Limerick & Clare Education and Training Board.
The LTI programme is designed to provide opportunities for learners who are, or who have been, unable to participate in other mainstream training interventions for personal, social or geographic reasons.
Local Training Initiatives are targeted primarily at people under 35 years of age, with no formal qualifications or incomplete secondary level qualifications. LTIs provide vocational training opportunities, learning supports and project-based learning to assist participants to achieve awards on the NFQ and to develop their capacity to progress to further training, education and work.
The LTIs being delivered in 2017/2018 are:
- Furniture Making & Design QQI Level 5 in Charleville
- Catering Support QQI Level 4 in Charleville
- Retail Skills QQI Level 4 in Mitchelstown
- Outdoor Recreation Leader Skills QQI Level 5 in Kilfinane
For further information on any of these courses, or if you would like to enroll, please contact Carrie O’Donoghue at email@example.com or telephone 063 91747.
Dormant Accounts Fund - Youth Employment Options Initiative
The Dormant Accounts Fund is a scheme for the disbursement of unclaimed funds from accounts in credit institutions in Ireland, and is used to fund Initiatives which support employment, education and improved quality of life for particular groups which require support.
With support from this Fund, Ballyhoura Development delivers a Youth Employment Options Initiative, in partnership with IRD Duhallow. This initiative supports young people who are not in employment, educatin or training to build their confidence, to develop additional skills in the area of food and farming, to develop transferable skills, and to present their skills to employers and progress into local food and farming employment.
The Initiative combines intensive one-to-one coaching and mentoring, individual skills development, fastrack access to supported work placements, and intensive in-work support to improve job retention and sustainable career progression.
The Initiative is designed to support young people living in rural communities in the Ballyhoura and Duhallow areas overcome a number of uniquely rural barriers, particularly concerning access to careers advice and employment, and training supports to enable them to avail of opportunities in rural employment sectors.
If you would like to find out more about the Youth Employment Options Initiative, please contact Carrie O’Donoghue on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 063 91747.
Further information on the Dormant Accounts Fund is available here
Sustainable Energy Communities
Ballyhoura Development, in partnership with Tipperary Energy Agency and North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, is an implementing partner for the SECs initiative in the Mid-West, supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
A Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is one where people develop and implement a sustainable energy plan for their local community, designed to save money and create local jobs through energy efficiency, and the use of local suitable renewable energy sources.
SECs are encouraged to join the SEAI supported SEC Network to help build capacity and share skills across communities. Ballyhoura Development’s role is to provide support and mentoring to interested communities to enable them to apply for and be granted SEC status.
If you would like to know more about how to become a Sustainable Energy Community, please click here
Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme
Ballyhoura Development manages and operates three Community Afterschool facilities for children of primary school age, supported by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and POBAL.
The Community Afterschool facilities operate in Caherconlish and Cappamore in Co Limerick, and in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, providing a childcare service outside of school hours, focused on enhancing children’s recreational, social and educational development.
The Afterschool facilities provide a safe, professional, inclusive service, offering:
- Facilitated homework sessions
- Healthy eating in a fun environment
- Recreational activities – arts, crafts, IT, etc
- Sporting activities
If you would like to find out more, for further information, or to see if there is availability, please contact Natasha Brosnan at email@example.com or telephone 063 91738.
Full details of the CCS Programme and how it operates are available here
Community Food Initiative
Ballyhoura Development implements and manages the Community Food Initiative in the region, supported by safefood.eu, and administered nationally by SECAD.
The Initiative aims to positively influence the eating habits of parents and children, by showcasing healthy eating initiatives, facilitating parents to learn about nutrition and healthy food preparation, and by providing small grants to support community-led training projects.
The key themes of the Initiative are:
- Supporting an increased awareness/ knowledge around healthy eating
- Healthy shopping
- Budgeting and food/meal planning skills
- Cooking skills
- Improving the availability and access to safe and healthy food in the community and complementing existing structures that offer healthy options
- Preventing food wastage, and promoting food safety and hygiene
Events taking place as part of this initiative are posted regularly on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
To find out more about activities and events planned in your area, please contact Pádraig McCarthy on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 025 41375.
Full details of the Initiative are available on the safefood.eu website here
Programme for Employability, Inclusion & Learning (PEIL) 2014 – 2020
Ballyhoura Development, in partnership with South East Cork Area Development (SECAD), co-ordinates and implements two key projects, supported by this Programme, which is the Gender Equality strand of the European Social Fund (ESF).
Healthcare Options Programme
The Healthcare Options Programme is a three year programme which provides accredited Healthcare training to women who, although not classified as unemployed, have the potential and the desire to return to work, in the healthcare sector.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme focuses on providing training, education and networking supports and skills to women who wish to become entrepreneurs. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2014 Report for Ireland1, reported that Irish men are 2.1 times more likely than Irish women to be an Early Stage Entrepreneur, and 2.4 times more likely than Irish women to be New Business Owners. The EU-28 average ratio of 1.8:1 of men to women Early Stage Entrepreneurs suggests that there is still a pool of women entrepreneurs to be supported by this Programme.
If you would like to participate in either of these programmes or would like to find out more information about the programmes, please contact Eileen O’Keeffe at email@example.com or telephone 063 30694.
Full information on the Programme and its operations in Ireland is available here
Community Enterprise Initiative
The objective of the Community Enterprise Initiative Scheme (2015 – 2017) is to stimulate and support enterprise and job creation throughout the country at local, community and regional level, through the utilisation of existing infrastructure and the leveraging of nationally available enterprise supports.
Ballyhoura Development, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, delivers the Community Enteprise Initiative in the Ballyhoura Area to develop food enterprise and innovation in the area.
Our strategy aims to:
- Increase awareness of the prominence of food throughout the Ballyhoura region
- Identify new approaches to support an environment of Food Entrepreneurialism
- Foster the next generation of Food Entrepreneurs through a programme of engagement and education focused on Food Provenance and Business Skills
- Increase the resource base available to enterprises by facilitating collaboration between agencies, institutions and stakeholders
- Provide a platform for sharing and collaboration between businesses within the region. For further information on the Community Enterprise Initiative and how it operates, please click here
To find out more about the range of initiatives we deliver to promote this strategy or to discuss your needs, please contact Padraig McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 063 41375
For further information on the Community Enterprise Initiative and how it operates, please visit the Enterprise Ireland website
Brokerage of Community Services Programmes
The Community Services Programme (CSP) gives grants to community businesses that deliver services and create employment for people from disadvantaged groups. The Programme is funded by the Department of Social Protection and supports some 425 community companies and co-operatives.
The CSP works in communities where public and private-sector services are lacking, for example through geographical or social isolation, or because of demand deficits (i.e. where demands are not being met by existing services)
It also aims to ensure that the benefits from public investment in community amenities are fully realised. One example of this is where additional CSP funding could enable an existing service to operate for longer hours.
Companies and co-operatives under contract with this programme must be not-for-profits, social enterprises or community businesses. The CSP works on a social-enterprise model. This means that it does not fully fund contract holders (i.e. grant recipients), but requires that they generate revenue by charging fees or raising funds. These enterprises remain responsible for their own budgets and financial and other liabilities.
The CSP is not open for new applications at present, but to find out more information or to check for new funding calls, please visit the Pobal website.
RurInno is a transnational project aimed at strengthening the skills and the innovative capacity of social entrepreneurs operating in rural regions, improving the knowledge of how social innovations are implemented in rural regions and raising awareness of social entrepreneurship in rural regions in order to foster enabling environments for their activities.
The project runs for three years until March 2018, and is being implemented by a consortium of 6 organisations:
Ballyhoura Development – Ballyhoura, Ireland
Nidzica Development Foundation NIDA – Nidzica, Poland
OTELO eGen – Austria
Stevia Hellas Coop – Lamia, Greece
Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space – Berlin, Germany
Institute for Innovation Management, Johannes Kepler University -Linz, Austria
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 691181.
Please visit the RurInno Project website here
RurAction is a transnational research and training project that focuses on barriers to social enterprise in particular rural regions in Europe and on the impact of social entrepreneurship as a means of developing innovative solutions to problems and service needs in rural regions.
Ballyhoura Development is one of 12 partner organisations participating in the delivery of the project, which runs for three years from mid 2017 until mid 2020. Partner organisations include social enterprises, development organisations and academic bodies from Germany, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Poland and Ireland.
Ballyhoura Development’s role in the project is centred on the theme of social entrepreneurs as ‘troubleshooters’ in rural regions and the aim of this element of the project is to provide knowledge of institutional and organisational aspects of social entrepreneurial problem-solving activities in rural regions.
The project is being funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721999.
The project website, blog and project updates are available here
Social Enterprise Services
Ballyhoura Development offers a range of governance and financial support services to social enterprises and constituted community organisations.
Services offered include:
- Company Secretarial Services
- Financial Services
- Compliance & Regulatory Services
For further information, to discuss your needs, or for a quick quote, please contact us
The Towards Occupation (TO) programme aims to address the needs of people experiencing mental ill-health, those with low levels of educational attainment and/or with limited, or no employment experience.
The TO Programme offers community based support to those experiencing multiple barriers to progression, and is delivered in line with national government policy which promotes an ethos of healthy living and mental well-being, by providing training and wellness tools in a community setting that is geographically accessible to individuals living in those areas. It aims to support participants to develop the skills and confidence needed to move into employment, education, training, voluntary work, or in other directions.
With an emphasis on social inclusion, it facilitates access to mainstream services which enable the individual to achieve personal goals. It is based on the principles of equality and inclusion, with a focus on participation, progression and positive mental health and self-care.
Services provided focus on:
- Personal effectiveness
- Practical and tangible skills
- Progression planning
- Other supports, e.g. one-to-one supports
The Programme model was pioneered and developed by 5 Local Development Companies – Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd, Ballyhoura Development Limited, IRD Duhallow, SECAD and West Limerick Resources – and is supported by the Department of Social Protection, the HSE, LCETB and CETB.
The 2017/2018 Programme is being facilitated and delivered in Hospital, Co Limerick and in Charleville, Co Cork by Ballyhoura Development.
If you would like to find out more or to participate in the programme, please contact Carrie O’Donoghue on email@example.com or telephone 063 91747.