Introduction to LEADER Funding


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Introduction to LEADER Funding

LEADER is a rural development programme co-funded by the EU and which operates a locally-led, bottom-up, approach to meeting the needs of local communities and businesses. The programme supports private enterprises and community groups in rural areas.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., recently announced the allocation of the €70 million Transitional LEADER programme for the period 2021-2022. This session will outline the characteristics of LEADER funding, what opportunities are available, and how organisations can access these opportunities. Topics covered will include:

  • What is LEADER funding? What has been funded in the past?
  • Transitional funding available for 2021-2027
  • Future programme priorities for 2021-2027
  • Overview of application preparation 
  • Models of best practice in LEADER.

There will be two follow-on events in June which will explore the LEADER application process in more depth and offer organisations an opportunity to receive feedback on their proposals.

This event is a joint collaboration between The Wheel’s Access Europe programme and 2into3 Nonprofit Consultancy.

Access Europe is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

How to register

*NOTE: After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

Meet Your Facilitator


Patricia Keenan is a Senior Consultant with 2into3, lead for Ulster and the Border Counties programmes and the Capital Grants practice for all of Ireland. She has worked as a project manager of a LEADER funded project which gave her a grass roots appreciation for rural regeneration work. As a consultant, Patricia has prepared many grant applications for LEADER for public and private clients and this gives her a holistic approach to preparing a funding application including appreciation of all aspects of the programme from animation right through to delivery and evaluation

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Who should attend

Those working in funding and development for private enterprises and community groups in rural areas.