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:
To view list of Projects supported by Rural Development Programme in Westmeath
Westmeath Community Development
Green Economy Ideas Generation Programme
Are you interested in participating in an 8 – 10 week Idea Generation Programme on emerging trends and opportunities for
rural people/businesses in the Green Economy?
This course is ideal for those thinking of setting up a green business and will also be of interest for those who were
previously involved in the construction sector, the farming sector or anyone with an interest in the Green Economy.
The course is free of charge to all successful applicants
This programme is supported by Westmeath Community Development under the
Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2007 – 2013.
Westmeath Crafters break into the UK market with the support of LEADER
From jewellery to jigsaws, soaps and scarves, the midlands are fast becoming the crafty capital of the country. A great success story is the ‘Made in Westmeath’ Craft Group, supported by Westmeath Community Development, under the Rural Development Programme/ LEADER, Facilitated by Aileen Duffy who provides support and advice as Craft Development Specialist, the group meets to share valuable knowledge and support. Through a series of training sessions with world-class trainers they have grown in confidence, motivation and have set themselves ambitious targets.
Spreading their Wings
In April 2012, five members of the group got the opportunity to display their creations at the Harrogate British Craft Fair. Wendy Clinton of Grain of Wood; Helen Conneely, Celtic Roots; Anne Marie Griffin, Anne Marie Griffin Knitwear; Deirdre Brady, Abbey Soaps and Jane Walsh of Button Studio all made their way across the water and to their great satisfaction secured sales in the UK market during the trade show and made important contacts in the industry. Locally, the group were directly involved in a very popular retail project called ‘The Craft Pop-up Shop’ which was originally piloted in Mullingar town in November 2011. Such was its success, some of the members have continued with this project.
Rural Tourism Product Development Animation Project
Terms of Reference
Westmeath Community Development (WCD) wishes to engage suitably qualified person(s) to undertake an Animation Project with rural dwellers interested in developing tourism projects that capitalise on the natural resources in County Westmeath.
Westmeath known as the “Lake County” has an abundance of lakes, rivers and waterways. The Royal Canal also traverses the county and is open to navigation from Dublin through to Clondra in County Longford where it enters the Shannon. The county’s natural resources provide opportunities to develop new recreational offerings which will benefit both existing rural tourism providers as well as new entrants to the sector.
The person(s) appointed will be required to:
- Assist the company to achieve its objectives in enhancing the Rural Tourism Product offering in County Westmeath.
- Meet with project promoters on a one to one basis to assist them to progress projects to come forward for funding through the Rural Development Programme. (both on site and in WCD’s offices).
- Provide mentoring to clients on all aspects of their business.
- Liaise with WCD’s staff on a regular basis with regards to progress of promoters’ projects.
The appointed person(s) must have a strong background in tourism product development and must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the Rural Development/LEADER Programme.
Time scale for delivery
It is envisaged that this contract will be carried out over a 6 month period for 30 days to commence in September 2012.
Guidance on Presentation of Tenders
Tenders should contain the following information:
- Details of relevant experience
- Demonstrate how the individuals/organisationmeets the requirements and including CV’s of individuals who will be involved in the delivery of the contract.
- 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 organisation to be used in this contract.
Completed tenders should be submitted to:
Westmeath Community Development Ltd.
Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre,
Clonmore Industrial Estate,
Reference: Rural Tourism Animation Project
Closing date: 31st July 2012