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The Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014 - 2020 is oversubscribed and is now closed for new applications.

At the end of December 2020, Mayo Local Action Group (LAG) had approved 123 projects in the south and west Mayo area. These projects were awarded grants totalling €5.4million which, when added to match funding, will result in €8.9million invested in our local business and community sectors.

A full list of projects approved in south and west Mayo up to 31 December 2020 is available to download from our Downloads & Resources page.

Transitional LEADER Programme 2021

A Transitional LEADER Programme commenced on 1 April 2021, with the following aims and priorities:


a) Work closely with communities, and particularly those who have not previously benefited from LEADER funding, to build their capacity in preparation for the next programming period and ensure that weaker communities are not left behind.
b) Promote projects which support communities in a post-COVID-19 environment.
c) Support job creation, entrepreneurship, enterprise development and innovation in a post-COVID-19 and/or post-Brexit environment.
d) Explore and develop projects for funding in thematic areas which are likely to feature strongly in the next EU-funded programme. In this regard, projects which address the climate agenda, digital transformation and projects that utilise the Smart Village1 approach to local area development should be encouraged.


  1. Supports to rural businesses seeking to reach new markets, expand, innovate and/or diversify in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or Brexit, with a particular emphasis on providing support to businesses in the food sector.
  2. Community based projects that seek to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Supports and capacity building for communities that have not previously received assistance under LEADER or other rural programmes, using the Transitional Programme for the LAGs and Implementing Partners to engage directly with new applicants to develop projects and enhance collaboration within communities.
  4. Support for new and innovative projects in the areas of climate change, environmental protection and the green economy.
  5. Maximising the potential of broadband and the digital economy in communities, including through skills development and building awareness and usage of available remote working facilities.
  6. Projects that develop the concept of the Smart Village initiative or Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZs)2 which could serve as proof-of-concept for more substantial proposals in the context of the next EU-funded LEADER Programme.

Full details of the County Mayo programme will be announced shortly. In the meantime, if you have a project in mind, please download and complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form and return it to info@southmayo.com. (Please remember to sign the Data Protection form included with the EOI.)

Once the County Mayo Transitional Programme details have been finalised, we will contact you to discuss your project in more detail.

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