LEADER 2014 – 2020



LEADER is an EU funded programme to support activities to improve the quality of life in rural areas and to diversify the rural economy.  It supports the delivery of local development actions in rural communities and has formed part of EU funding supports since 1991.  The LEADER programme is now established as a key funding pillar within the national Rural Development Programme.


For the new LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, it is proposed that Galway Rural Development Co. Ltd express an interest to be the Local Action Group, who has implemented the LEADER programme in East Galway since 1994.


Under Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, LEADER will primarily address Priority 6 of the European Union priorities for rural development which is promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas. 



The budget for East Galway for the 2014 to 2020 programme is €7,655,850.  This represents a significant opportunity for development of the rural economy and services in East Galway. 



It is proposed to commence the process of preparing a Local Development Strategy (LDS) for East Galway.  This LDS will set out the objectives and actions proposed for the new LEADER programme. 


As a community led local development approach, LEADER is a methodology that places the rural community at its centre.  Through the preparation of LDS, it is hoped to facilitate participation by all parties who wish to contribute to the process.  The precise projects to be supported will emerge from the bottom-up approach used in the design of the Local Development Strategy.




There are three main themes for the LEADER programme which have been set out to guide the strategy development.

The Themes are:


Theme 1: Rural Economic Development

Sub-themes:  Enterprise Development and Job Creation – Rural Tourism – Broadband – Rural Towns

Theme 2: Social inclusion through building community capacity

Sub-themes:  Basic Services for hard to reach communities – Rural Youth

Theme 3: Rural Environment*

Sub-themes: Protection and sustainable use of water resources, the protection and improvement of biodiversity and the development of renewable energy. 

 (*Note that Rural Environment is a cross cutting requirement for all 3 LEADER interventions)



As part of the LDS, local people are invited to have their say in what they think needs to happen in East Galway. Galway Rural Development has received numerous enquiries so far for LEADER funding since the funding for Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 ended.

Galway Rural Development was successful with their Expression of Interest to be the Local Action Group for East Galway. If you have any thoughts on LEADER or rural development we would be delighted to hear them. This would also help Galway Rural Development in planning for LEADER. Please use our consultation button on the side menu or click here:EAST GALWAY LEADER RESPONSE  or email LEADER@grd.ie

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development Company website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.