The Rural Development (LEADER) 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.

1.Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation

2. Social Inclusion

3. Rural Environment

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.

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Ballyhoura Development is the implementing partner of Limerick and North Cork 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.

Have a look here to see some of the projects which have been funded and supported by Ballyhoura Development, through LEADER.

Our LEADER Project Stories

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, contact your local Development Officer, or email [email protected]


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