leader2014 2020LEADER is a community led approach to local development funded through Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It supports locally identified initiatives that seek to address locally identified needs and challenges. It is delivered in each region by a Local Action Group (LAG). In County Westmeath this is Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (WLCDC) in partnership with Westmeath County Council (WCC) as the Financial Partner and Westmeath Community Development (WCD) as the Implementing Partner. WCD provides direct support to potential applicants seeking funds under the LEADER Programme.

LEADER 2014-2020 covers the geographically area of County of Westmeath, funding of €7,384,205 will cover a number of themes outlined in the Westmeath Local Development Strategy for the duration of the programme. The Programme includes a number of themes and sub themes that reflect the overarching needs of rural Ireland.


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Expression of Interest/Application Process:

All potential applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form. This form is available on request from the LEADER Section of Westmeath Community Development on 044 93 48571 Email: leader@westcd.ie.

For further assistance regarding LEADER in Westmeath please contact any of the following:

Bernie Leavy bleavy@westcd.ie

Brian Killian bkillian@westcd.ie  or

Peter Ormond pormond@westcd.ie

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LEADER Rural Tourism - Info Evenings Sept 17

Westmeath Community Development on behalf of Westmeath Local Community Development Committee invites Expressions of Interest on an Open call basis from parties interested in developing projects in the following:


Information meetings will be held in the following locations:

26th September 11am-1pm in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar

28th September 11am-1pm in Sheraton Hotel, Athlone

These information sessions will provide details of funding available through the LEADER Programme for Rural Tourism projects which may include the following:

- heritage visitor attractions,
- water-based activities and
- outdoor recreation including walking, cycling, angling and equestrian activities.    

To register your interest in attending the information meetings or to request an Expression of Interest Form, please contact:

Bernie Leavy on bleavy@westcd.ie or Brian Killian on bkillian@westcd.ie or Tel: 044 9348571.  Web: www.westcd.ie     

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Voluntary Community Group Skills Workshops

Rural Development Programme LEADER 2014-2020

Invites representatives from Voluntary Community Groups in Westmeath to participate in a series of

Voluntary Community Group

Skills Workshops

The aim of these workshops is to empower community groups to develop the skills necessary to identify their needs, and carry out effective actions for change in their communities. Sessions details are;

  • May 4th 7-9.30 pm Understanding Your Community— Developing a community profile and needs analysis. Identifying needs for future developments in your community. ( Facilitator -Theresa Geoghegan)
  • May 11th 7-9:30pm Committee Skills– Identifying key roles of committee and group members, whilst exploring good practice for committees, guidance on running effective meetings and essential team work skills (Facilitator- Trisha O Rourke)
  • May 18th 7-10pm Fundraising– Identifying and running effective fundraising initiatives & Developing strategic plans (Facilitator-Kevin Delaney Academy Street Workshop)
  • May 25th 6:30-10pm Good Governance& Charity Regulations– Exploring the Governance Code for Community , Voluntary and Charitable organisations. Requirements for your group to be compliant & how to register for the Charity Regulatory Authority (Facilitator from The Wheel).

Workshops will take a place at Westmeath Community Development, E.T,I Cntr, Mullingar Business Park. Mullingar.

For further information or to register two members from your community group to attend the workshops. (It is advised that your group attend all 4 workshops)

Contact:  Theresa Geoghegan ; email tgeoghegan@westcd.ie or phone 044 93 48571

Closing date for applications is Tues May 2nd 2017

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Clann Credo seminar on Financing Westmeath Communities 22/02/17

Clann Credo Feb 17

Clann Credo is hosting an information seminar on Financing Community Growth – Loans, Grants, Fundraising at the Milltownpass Community Centre on Wednesday the 22
nd February from 7-9pm.

Clann Credo is Ireland’s leading provider of community loans to voluntary groups, charities, social enterprises and amateur sports clubs. Clann Credo is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark this milestone a series of community events will take place across the country. Since 1996, Clann Credo has invested over €82 million in community organisations throughout Ireland.

The speakers on the evening will include;

  • Roisin Mulligan Social Finance Officer for Clann Credo in the Midlands Region, who will discuss Community Loan Finance and how it can assist communities applying for LEADER Grants that require Bridging loans and Matching Funding.
  • Annette Barr-Jordan, Support Worker with Westmeath Public Participation Network (PPN) will present on the role of the PPN and the range of supports available.
  • Theresa Geoghegan, Community Development Worker with Westmeath Community Development will present on the Rural Development Programme (LEADER 2014-2020) and other grant programmes for communities.
  • Justin McDermott, Fundraising Manager at Jigsaw, Galway will share some tips and fundraising strategies.
  • Members of Milltownpass Community Action Group will talk about their experience of applying for Community Loan Finance to bridge LEADER grants and match grant funds in the development of Milltownpass Community Centre.

The seminar will be free and open to all members of the community to attend.

Visit https://financingwestmeathcommunities2017.eventbrite.ie to register

For more information on Clann Credo Community Loan Finance visit www.clanncredo.ie