The LCDP aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agencies and people in disadvantaged communities. LCDP is a key tool of Government in providing employment supports, training, personal development/capacity building and other supports for the harder to reach in the most disadvantaged areas in society. It is a locally accessible, frontline intervention, supporting disadvantaged communities.

The LCDP is the outcome of the integration of the former Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP) and the Community Development Programme. Westmeath Community Development is the Local Development Company for Westmeath, and has been delivering the programme, and the previous programmers under this strand since the mid 1990’s. We have a countywide remit, and our work also encompasses the work previously carried out by Athlone Community Taskforce and Harmony CDP in Athlone.

The LCDP is underpinned by four goals:

  • To promote awareness, knowledge and uptake of a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community services;
  • To increase access to formal and informal educational, recreational and cultural development activities and resources;
  • To increase peoples’ work readiness and employment prospects; and
  • To promote engagement with policy, practice and decision making processes on matters affecting local communities.

The objectives of the LCDP include the following:

  • Develop and sustain a range of services to support, prepare and assist people to enter the Labour Market;
  • Develop and sustain strategies with local enterprises to increase local employment prospects;
  • Develop and sustain strategies to increase local self employment prospects

The LCDP is managed by POBAL on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

For further information on the LCDP please contact Frank Murtagh at 0906494555, or email

Grants fund is available for Groups working with Young People aged 12-18 years

Westmeath Community Development are pleased to announce: A GRANTS FUND is available for Groups working with Young People aged 12-18 years

  Eligibility for this grant ONLY includes:

  • Development of youth facilities/youth cafes within designated disadvantaged communities-(includes purchase of equipment and materials)
  • Support for Comhairle na Og as a mechanism for linking the views and opinions of young people from designated disadvantaged areas into policy arenas in Co. Westmeath
  • Support for arts and/or cultural awareness programmes
  • Projects applied for must be added value and new initiatives

An explanatory information sheet and application form are available from (please read before submitting an application)

  • Grant amount groups can apply for MUST be between €2,000-  €5,000
  • Projects must have a focus on reducing poverty and or social exclusion
  • Projects must clearly be working with young people  aged 12-18yrs in one or more of the 23 disadvantaged designated areas covered by the LCDP..

Application form must be submitted in HARD COPY FORMAT and SIGNED (emails will not be accepted).

Closing Date: Friday 8th June @ 5pm.

Unfortunately applications will not be accepted after this date. Please post to ....

Linda-Jo Quinn

LCDP Co-ordinator WCDL offices

C/O ACT Business Development Centre

Parnell Square


Co Westmeath

For further information contact Linda-Jo Quinn/Arlene Kelly on 090 64 94555