Inishowen Development Partnership CLG (IDP), a member of the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) who represent the 35 Local Development Companies (LDCs) delivering the LEADER Programme nationally, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Agriculture Food & Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, of an increased allocation of €70 million in 2021 & 2022 for the LEADER Programme. 

Welcoming the announcement Andrew Ward, Joint CEO, IDP confirmed that “from 1st April applications can be approved for projects under the Transitional LEADER Programme and we are delighted that the rate for Private Enterprise has been increased to a maximum grant aid rate of 75%.  The funding announced this week will ensure that more vital projects in Inishowen focused on climate change, digital transformation, remote working, and enterprise development can be progressed in our rural community and throughout the country to meet the expectations of the EU in terms of the requirements of its Recovery Funding criteria”. 

“This is a tremendous boost to the rural economy”, he added,  “we would encourage anyone who is interested in the programme to contact Inishowen Development Partnership on 074-9373083 or email for more information”.