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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

20 years of LEADER 30/03

Celebrating 20 years of LEADER in Westmeath

This year, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of LEADER in Westmeath. Since 1995 the LEADER Programme administered by WCD has provided vital assistance and finance for communities and individuals to undertake a wide range of projects; thus playing a key role in improving the Quality of Life of people living in rural Westmeath.

As part of its 20 year celebrations, Westmeath Community Development will be holding a series of meetings outlining the work of LEADER to date around the county

A meeting will be held this evening at 8pm at the Ballynagcargy Parochial Hall.

 

All are welcome.

Westmeath Community Development Ltd.

Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Tel: (044) 9348571 E-mail: info@westcd.ie www.westcd.ie

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20 Years of Leader 26-03

Celebrating 20 years of LEADER in Westmeath

This year, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of LEADER in Westmeath. Since 1995 the LEADER Programme administered by WCD has provided vital assistance and finance for communities and individuals to undertake a wide range of projects; thus playing a key role in improving the Quality of Life of people living in rural Westmeath.

As part of its 20 year celebrations, Westmeath Community Development will be holding a series of meetings outlining the work of LEADER to date around the county.

 

A meeting will be held tomorrow night (26th March) at 8:30pm at the Milltownpass Community Centre.

 

All are welcome.

Westmeath Community Development Ltd.

Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Tel: (044) 9348571 E-mail: info@westcd.ie www.westcd.ie

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20 years of LEADER 24-03

Celebrating 20 years of LEADER in Westmeath

This year, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of LEADER in Westmeath. Since 1995 the LEADER Programme administered by WCD has provided vital assistance and finance for communities and individuals to undertake a wide range of projects; thus playing a key role in improving the Quality of Life of people living in rural Westmeath.

As part of its 20 year celebrations, Westmeath Community Development will be holding a series of meetings outlining the work of LEADER to date around the county.

 

The first of these events will take place tomorrow night (24th March) at 8pm at the Tang Community Centre.

 

All are welcome.

Westmeath Community Development Ltd.

Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Tel: (044) 9348571 E-mail: info@westcd.ie www.westcd.ie

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LEADER – ‘Liason Entre Actions pour le Development d’lEconomie Rurale’

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20 years of LEADER

Celebrating 20 years of LEADER in Westmeath

This year, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of LEADER in Westmeath. Since 1995 the LEADER Programme administered by WCD has provided vital assistance and finance for communities and individuals to undertake a wide range of projects; thus playing a key role in improving the Quality of Life of people living in rural Westmeath.

As part of its 20 year celebrations, Westmeath Community Development will be holding a series of meetings outlining the work of LEADER to date around the county.  The venues for these meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, 24th March 8pm             Tang Community Centre

Thursday, 26th March 8.30pm     Milltownpass Community Centre

Monday, 30th March 8pm             Ballynacargy Parochial Hall

Tuesday, 31st March 8pm             Multyfarnham Community Centre

 

All are welcome.

Westmeath Community Development Ltd.

 

Enterprise Technology and Innovation Centre, Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Tel: (044) 9348571 E-mail: info@westcd.ie www.westcd.ie

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MINISTERS URGED TO SECURE 10% OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT BUDGET FOR LEADER

WCD has called on both the Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan T.D., and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, to secure 10% of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) budget for LEADER.

Chairman Dermot Leavy, said "The current LEADER programme has been shown to be very successful in supporting rural communities and enterprises, successfully committing to €370m budget in full to projects by the end of last year. In fact many more projects remain in the pipeline as there were not enough funds available to commit to them."

He said that it is important that the momentum demonstrated by LEADER is not lost as the current LEADER programme finishes at the end of 2014. The EU have made advance funding available to Member States to facilitate planning by the LEADER groups for the next LEADER programme, which start early in 2015.

"We are aware that the next round of funding will be less than the current programme. However, if the government matches EU's commitment of funding 50:50, then LDC's are confident that 10% RDP budget will ensure a reasonable level of funding for rural communities for the 2014-2020 period and will build on the successes of LEADER over the last 20 years" said Mr Leavey.

For further information on the LEADER Programme contact Joe Potter CEO of WCD on 044 93 48571 or email: jpotter@westcd.ie

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