The aim of the LEADER Rural Development Programme 2023 – 2027 is to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.

It does this through targeted supports that focus on themes and priorities identified in the Donegal Local Development Strategy – a community-led action plan for Donegal.

Over the period 2023 – 2027 Inishowen Development Partnership will administer funding of €2,752,880 on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development within its Inishowen catchment region.

IDP’s Board of Directors and staff are committed to helping you explore project proposals with a view to submitting a full application under the new LEADER Programme (2023-2027).


There are three main themes and thirteen sub themes (see below)

Theme 1:  Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation

Sub Themes:

Theme 2: Rural Infrastructure and Social Inclusion

Sub Themes:

Theme 3 : Sustainable Development of the Rural Environment and Climate Change  

                      Mitigation and Adaption

Sub Themes:

If you or your community would like to discuss a potential project with a LEADER Project Officer or complete an expression of interest form please contact the office at:

Pound Street Business Park, Pound Street, Carndonagh, Inishowen, Co. Donegal TEL: 07493-73083 or email: