LEADER closed call for Sub Theme: Rural Youth

Mayo Local Action Group for LEADER invites Expression of interest of (EOI) under Objective 6 of the Local Development Strategy to support strategic interventions to provide services and facilities for young people. The Rural Youth (aged 15-35)  sub-theme (under Theme 2: Social Inclusion) which is the basis of this targeted call is for project proposals, focuses on the capital investment in youth clubs/cafes and arts.  

Prioritisation under the LEADER closed call for Sub Theme: Rural Youth

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • address mental health issues (stress, peer pressure and substance misuse);
  • illustrate the need for sustainable and adequately resourced youth facilities;
  • help combat racism and the exclusion of young people from decision making;
  • improve life chances for young people in rural areas by developing and facilitating access to economic, community and personal development opportunities and by building social capital;
  • provides access to safe spaces for young people to socialise, find support and/or get involved in community, arts, entrepreneurial and personal development activities;
  • enable the provision of youth clubs/cafés; improved access to ICT and arts-based projects;
  • facilitate the involvement of young people in the design, development and management of youth services and facilities
  • are in areas of the greatest need or social disadvantage;
  • provide for a balanced approach in terms of geography and location; and
  • are economically, financially and socially viable.

Overall budget:   182,694.00       

What can be funded?                    

  • Development of a new youth facility.
  • Upgrading and or extension of an existing facility (examples include youth clubs/cafés; improved access to ICT and arts-based projects).

 What can’t be funded?                 –       

  • Projects with other sources of available funding.
  • Projects that could displace existing facilities.
  • Projects that do not display a capacity to meet future running costs for maintenance of the facility and adequate public liability insurance.
  • Recreational activities and sports facilities such as skating parks MUGA’s etc.

Who can be funded?                     Community & voluntary groups and organisations                                       

Application Type Grant Rate Maximum Funding
Community 75% €50,000.00
Islands Community 75% €62,500.00
Community* 90% €50,000.00

 Levels of funding:                                                                               

*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.  

Application Process – proposed timeline

Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) 

 Rural Youth Facilities call opens on the 18 April 2017

Closing date for EOI’s on the 12 May 2017

EOI applicants informed of outcomes by the 22nd May 2017

Stage 2 (Application Forms)

Closing date for application forms 15th September                                                                                                 

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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