LEADER 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.
LEADER THEMES and SUB THEMES
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: email@example.com.
For further assistance regarding LEADER in Westmeath please contact any of the following:
Bernie Leavy firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa Geoghegan email@example.com
Peter Ormond firstname.lastname@example.org
Darina Coughlan email@example.com
Westmeath Community Development, Westmeath County Council & Westmeath Sports Partnership are currently preparing the first strategy plan for the promotion of recreation in the county. This is being funded by Westmeath Local Community Development Committee, the Department of Rural and Community Development through the LEADER 2014-2020 programme.
The Recreational Plan aims to link Westmeath’s recreational infrastructure with local communities and businesses through identifying actions/ initiatives to promote the use of these recreational facilities.
You are being invited to participate in an original piece of online research to help formulate the new Westmeath Recreational Strategy over the coming months.
Tidy Towns Groups are requested to submit an Expression of Interest form to:
Develop a New Multi Annual Tidy Towns Action Plan
Westmeath Community Development invites expressions of interest from Tidy Towns Committees in Westmeath who wish to have a Tidy Towns Action Plan for their area.
Providing a clear multi annual plan for your town or village is an essential part of the application process in the Tidy Towns competition. A plan that outlines actions over a long term basis can enable a community to achieve improved scores and to measure success.
The development of new Multi Annual Tidy Towns Action Plans may be considered eligible for up to 90% funding providing that there is a demonstrated need for such plan.
Feasibility Study for Pilgrim Way along the Shannon Erne Waterway Consultative Workshop 05/02/19 Athlone
Feasibility Study for Pilgrim Way along the Shannon Erne Waterway
You are invited to a Consultative Workshop
on 5th February 2019 6.30-9.00pm in Athlone Radisson Blu Hotel
In late 2018, West Limerick Resources, in association with 13 local development companies (LDCs) including Westmeath Community Development and thirteen local authorities along the entire Shannon –Erne navigation, commissioned SLR Consulting and Alan Hill Tourism Development to investigate the feasibility of developing an internationally attractive, iconic Pilgrim Way along the Shannon Erne waterway. The area under consideration embraces a 20km wide corridor from Kerry-Clare-Limerick on the Shannon Estuary northwards through the Shannon lakes to the Shannon-Erne Waterway through to the Erne system in Fermanagh-Donegal.
The aim is to develop an iconic international ‘Pilgrim Way’ based on the rich early Christian and Viking heritage of the Early Medieval period in Ireland. Well known ecclesiastical sites include Scattery Island, Iniscealtra (Holy Island, Clare), Clonmacnoise (Offaly), Quaker Island (Lough Ree), Boyle Abbey (Roscommon), Devenish Island (Lough Erne) and the iconic pilgrimage site at Lough Derg (St Patrick’s) in Donegal, among others. Many more, lesser known sites are included in the overall analysis for a total of more than 100 sites in total.
The 2018 edition of the National Rural Network's LEADER newsletter is available now. Features include an update on the LEADER Programme, the ENRD 'Smart Villages' Initiative, project case studies and much more. Download the newsletter here.
The newsletter has been developed by the NRN team at NUI Galway Rural Research and Irish Rural Link with the Department of Rural and Community Development.
A LEADER project which Westmeath Community Development facilitated to get a LEADER grant is featured in this newsletter. South Westmeath Employment, Education & Training Services Limited (SWEETS) applied for the grant aid and are based in Kilbeggan. Read about their story in the newsletter below.
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