Wexford Local Development is the key implementation partner for the LEADER 2014-2020 Programme. During the period 2016-2020, almost €8m of LEADER funding will be invested in innovative community and private enterprise projects throughout County Wexford.
Following a public consultation process across the county in 2015, a number of key objectives which focus on Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Rural Environment were agreed and written into the business plan for the new programme, known as the Local Development Strategy (LDS). These objectives reflect the key challenges facing County Wexford with regard to economic recovery, employment creation, tackling social exclusion and on a national level, reducing the impact of global warming and resource depletion. The objectives cover the key areas in need of the greatest support and are sufficiently broad and flexible to facilitate a wide range of projects throughout the county.
How the new LEADER Programme works:
In a change from the rolling application process that applied during previous LEADER programmes, the new Programme will have competitive Targeted Calls for applications from different sectors at specific times throughout the duration of the programme. Sectors will be based on the themes and objectives agreed following the public consultation process. Targeted calls with a pre-defined budget will assist in ensuring that only the best and most worthy projects will be approved for grant aid.
The Targeted Calls for different sectors are publicised well in advance. We initially invite “Expressions of Interest” and then host workshops for eligible applicants to guide them through the full application process. Completed applications received by the relevant deadline are assessed by the Evaluation Committee and a final decision regarding funding of projects is then be made by Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).
Further information can be obtained on our ‘Forms & Publications’ page or by contacting one of our LEADER Project Officers at: