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The LEADER programme can support projects under three main themes:
  • Economic Development, Enterprise Development & Job Creation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Rural Environment

Grants of up to €300,000 are available for certain community projects and up to €150,000 for private enterprises.  More details are available here.

There are three funds available to support community and enterprise projects in Mayo as follows:-

Transitional LEADER Programme 2021-2022

A Transitional LEADER Programme commenced on 1 April 2021.  This programme was developed to bridge the gap between the end of the LEADER 2014-2020 programme and the next EU LEADER programme which we expect to commence in 2023.  More details are available here.

European Union Recovery Instrument (EURI) 2021-2022

The EURI fund has been provided to support the recovery of rural communities and private enterprises from the effect caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  More details are available here.

LEADER Food Initiative

The LEADER Food Initiative is open for applications from artisan, micro and small food and drink producers. The grant rate for capital projects is a very generous 75%, with grants of up to €200,000 available.  This is a national fund, so when it is fully allocated, it will be closed. More details are available here.

Register Your Interest

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.)

Projects supported under LEADER 2014-2020

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.

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