Rural Development Programme 2007 – 2013 (LEADER)

The aim of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) is to improve the Quality of Life in rural areas and to encourage Diversification of the Rural Economy. The Programme covers all rural areas of Westmeath but excludes the areas within the Town Council boundaries of Athlone and Mullingar.    

As was the case with the previous LEADER programmes, the Rural Development Programme places major emphasis on the implementation of innovative approaches to rural development at a local level.  

Support will be provided for the generation of economic activity and enterprise, including diversification into non-agricultural activities, the creation of new and the expansion of existing enterprises, job creation and sustaining of existing jobs as well as the generation of additional and alternative incomes in rural areas.  The encouragement of tourism activities and the conservation and  upgrading of the rural heritage, village enhancement works and the provision of community facilities such as community centres and playgrounds can also be supported under the Programme.   

Aid is also available in respect of Analysis and Development (Feasibility Studies, Business Plans, Tidy Towns Plans etc.) across Measures.

Aid will take the form of support under the following measures:

311. Diversification into non Agricultural Activities

312 Business Creation & Development (Enterprise)

313. Encouragement of Tourism Activities

321. Basic Services for the Economy & Rural Population

322. Village Renewal Development

323. Conservation Upgrading of Rural Heritage

331. Training & Information

341. Skills acqusisition animation implementation of local development strategies

421. Implementing Co-operation Projects

To view list of Projects supported by Rural Development Programme in Westmeath

RDP Projects 2013

Tender for Festival and Events Development Specialist

Festival and Events Development Specialist

Terms of Reference

Festival and Events are becoming increasingly important for Rural Communities in Westmeath in terms of creating a sense of inclusion and a vibrant community spirit in areas. They are also important in terms of generating income for rural communities. The company has supported a number of community based Festivals through provision of funding through the Rural Development Programme.

Westmeath Community Development (WCD) now wishes to engage suitably qualified person(s) to undertake a Programme of work with Festival and Event organisers in the county. This will involve working with up to 12 new or emerging community festival committees in rural Westmeath.

In supporting this vital sector the person(s) appointed will be required to:

  • Provide advice and assistance around marketing, public relations, fundraising, finance etc. to organisers
  • Identify training needs for event organisers
  • Work with event organisers to assist them to establish a Westmeath Festivals Network
  • Establish a progression route for existing festivals that demonstrate a capacity for growth.
  • Provide mentoring to organisers to assist them to develop their festivals and events with a view to participating in “The Gathering” in 2013.

Time scale for delivery

It is envisaged that the specialist will work 50 days over a 12 month period in delivering the programme of work from September 2012 to September 2013.

Guidance on Presentation of Tenders

Tenders should contain the following information:

  1. Details of relevant experience
  2. Demonstrate how the individuals/organisationmeets the requirements and including CV’s of individuals who will be involved in the delivery of the contract
  3. Demonstrate how the contract will be managed. This should cover:
  • Identification and management of any potential conflicts of interest
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Tax Clearance Certificate (valid throughout duration of project)
  • Details of daily rates for everyone expected to be involved in the contract (costs should include travel and any subsistence costs anticipated)
  • Details of any other organization to be used in this contract.

Completed tenders should be submitted to:

Westmeath Community Development Ltd.,
Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre,
Clonmore Industrial Estate,
Co. Westmeath.

Reference: Festival and Events 12/13

Closing date: 31st July 2012


idea2enterprise update

Since the very successful ideas2enterprise launches in Mullingar and Athlone, the ideas2enterprise team has been busy collating the information and arranging the next steps.

Over 180 people have been involved to date, with 143 expressions of interest received.

We have started to contact all the people involved, and this will be completed in the coming days. At this stage we expect in excess of 40  people to be invited back for the Idea Development Workshop.

If you have not been contacted to date, please contact Laura Leonard on 0449348571.

The ideas2enterprise programme is supported by Westmeath Community Development through the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme.



Westmeath Experience

Experience Westmeath will run from 8th to 22nd July and will bring together the very best of Westmeath’s unique craftmakers. From jewellers to textile designers, woodturners, milliners, felt makers and fashion designers to many more. It will also create opportunities for hobbyists/emerging craft makers to showcase their work through two craft events which will be open to the public at two locations during the event, Ballinahown Craft Village and in Mullingar.

In Westmeath there is a growing craft presence which has been strengthened in recent years with the opening of Core Crafted Design, the development around Ballinahown Craft Village and the formation of MADE in Westmeath. Groups such as these represent craft makers in Ireland who are creating these handmade pieces in what is mainly a rural location.

Some existing craft makers in Wesmeath will open their studios to the public during the event. Groups will attend workshops delivered by the craft maker. Craft makers will also run a series of training workshops during the event at the two locations, Ballinahown and Mullingar.

This event has been supported by Westmeath Community Development through the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme. For further information go to 




Streete Annual Vinatge Day, July 8th



The 2012 Steete Parish Park Annual Vintage Day will take place on Sunday next July 8th. This is the 11th year of the event that will include vintage displays of steam engines, cars, tractors, stationary engines etc as well as demonstrations by exhibitors throughout the day.

This event has been supported by Westmeath Community Development through the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme.

For further information go to