LEADER Closed Call for Sub Theme 1: Basic Services Targeted at Hard to Reach Communities – Playgrounds is now open


 Mayo Local Action Group for LEADER invites Expression of interest of (EOI) under Objective 5 of the Local Development Strategy to support the development of community facilities for targeted services for hard to reach communities. The sub-theme focuses on improving access to basic services for people living in rural and remote areas and groups who are at risk of social exclusion.

Funding under this call will be allocated to projects that support capital investment for the development and enhancement of playgrounds.

 Priority Projects       

  • The areas of the greatest need or social disadvantage
  • A balanced approach in terms of geography and location
  • Projects must be economically, financially and socially viable

 Overall budget                                               


What can be funded?

  •  Development of a new playground facility
  • Upgrading and or extension of an existing facility.

 What can’t be funded?

  • Projects with other sources of available funding.
  • Work that fall under the remit of Mayo County Council.
  • Projects that could displace existing facilities.
  • Projects that do not display a capacity to meet future running costs for the maintenance of the facility and provide adequate public liability insurance.

Who can be funded?                    

  • Community & voluntary groups and organisations                                                                                      


There are two Standards that proposed multi use playground facilities must adhere to namely, I.S. EN1176 and I.S. EN1177.

I.S. EN1176

  • General safety requirements and test methods
  • Additional specific requirements and test methods for swings
  • Additional specific requirements and test methods for slides
  • Additional specific requirements and test methods for runways
  • Additional specific requirements and test methods for carousels
  • Additional specific requirements and test methods for rocking Equipment
  • Installation, inspection, maintenance and operation

I.S. EN 1177

  • This standard relates to Impact absorbing playground surfacing – safety requirements and test methods

Levels of funding:                                          

Application Type Grant Rate Maximum Funding
Community 75% €75,000.00
Islands Community 75% € 93,750.00
Community* 90% €75,000.00


*Higher maximum rates of aid may be applied for community body or applicant up to 90% if the applicant can show that they suffer from significant deprivation and social exclusion [Promoters applying for this level of funding must provide evidence that the project is located in an area of significant social and economic deprivation The use of this aid rate will be carefully monitored and the interpretation of this sub-theme will be strictly applied].

Application process:                     

There is a two stage process:

Stage 1: Complete the “Expression of Interest” form to determine if your proposal meets the objectives of the County Mayo Local Development Strategy and complies with the LEADER Programme Operating Rules.

Stage 2: Applications that are successful at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a full application with the required supporting documentation. Invitation to application stage does not mean that you will be awarded grant aid as it is a competitive process with limited funding.

Assessment Criteria Weighting
1 Compatibility with Local Development Strategy 20
2 Promoter Capacity 10
3 Financial Viability/Sustainability 15
4 Need and requirement for project 15
5 Innovative, environment and & climate change elements 10
6 Social/Cultural/Economic/ Environmental Impacts 20
7 Priority Area/Area of Disadvantage 10
  Total Score 100
Note:  A score of 65 is required to progress the project to approval stage.  

Proposed timeline:                       

Application process Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

Playgrounds call opens on the 18 April 2017

Closing date for EOIs: 12 May 2017

EOI applicants informed of outcomes by the 22nd May 2017

Application process Stage 2: Application Form

Closing date for application forms on the 15th September 2017

Who do I contact?                      

If you are interested in applying for this funding, we strongly encourage you to contact your local LEADER Implementing or Animating Partner to have an informal chat about your project. However, this is optional and you can submit an Expression of Interest without contacting us first.

Company Name Email Phone
Mayo North East LEADER Partnership info@mayonortheast.com 094 925 6745
South West Mayo Development Company info@southmayo.com 098 419 50
Comhar na nOiléan fios@oileain.ie 099 750 96
Moy Valley Resources info@moyvalley.ie 096 709 05
IRD Kiltimagh info@ird-kiltimagh.ie 094 9381494


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