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What is LEADER?

LEADER is an integral part of the EU funding framework administered through the national Rural Development Programme (RDP) of each EU Member State, supporting the delivery of local development actions in rural communities. This page is designed to give some information on LEADER in Mayo over the course of the new 2014-2020 programme.

It is a community-led Local Development (CLLD) approach, where rural communities develop responses to key economic, environmental and social challenges identified in their areas. Since its launch in 1991, LEADER has supported the delivery of local development actions in rural communities and has formed an integral part of the EU funding framework, through the national Rural Development Programme (RDP), of each EU Member State.

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) is responsible for the delivery of LEADER in Ireland.

The LEADER approach is based on a distinct methodology and includes the following seven features or specificities:

  1. Moy Valley over 55s LEADER in MayoArea-based Local Development Strategies
  2. Bottom up approach (community-driven)
  3. Public-private partnerships
  4. Innovation
  5. Integrated and multi-sectoral actions
  6. Networking
  7. Co-operation

What funding is available?

There is approximately €11m in funding available to Co. Mayo. Moy Valley Resources IRD will be working with Mayo LCDC to deliver LEADER in Mayo and to help individuals, communities and small enterprises to identify projects and secure funding that will benefit the Ballina Municipal Distruct as a whole.

Funding is available under three key themes (each with their own sub-themes)

  1. Economic and Enterprise Development, job creation
  2. Social inclusion
  3. Rural Environment

Information on the types of projects that will be supported and the grant ceilings that apply can be found in the Moy Valley LEADER Information Booklet.

What is Moy Valley IRD’s involvement in LEADER in Mayo?

In recent years, North Mayo has suffered from a lack of investment, resulting in negative social and economic consequences for the area. Moy Valley Resources IRD has successfully delivered three LEADER pogrammes in the past. Given this experience, and our location and desire to fight for our region, we have reached an agreement with Mayo LCDC to submit a Local Development Strategy that has:

  • Secured proportionate funding and prioritisation of priorities identified within the Ballina Municipal District within the county LEADER context
  • Guaranteed additional support for the Ballina Municipal District by way of a Community Development Officer to work with and on behalf of communities and applicants in the area and help them, not just with their applications but in seeing their projects through to fruition.
  • Ensured that the area will get a say in decisions affecting its future, by securing representation on the LCDC (the decision-making body) for LEADER and evaluation sub-committees
  • Contributing to the implementation of robust procedures and protocols to monitor actions and progress for all LEADER players that will secure better outcomes for applicants.

Moy Valley Resources IRD will have an “animation” role throughout the area marked in the map below.

Moy Valley Resources LEADER


Moy Valley Resources IRD and LEADER in Mayo

Moy Valley Resources  believes in a “bottom-up” approach to community and economic development, based on principles of empowerment, inclusiveness, collaboration, and transparency. Under the new LEADER programme, we want to:

  • Empower communities to build & safeguard their futures – Our role in LEADER should be not to dictate what communities should do, but rather to support, enable and empower them to make decisions and deliver solutions for themselves.
  • Promote Collaboration: Working together for the greater good achieves more. We aim to promote and facilitate collaboration in communities between groups and individuals to maximise resources, avoid duplication and develop effective, efficient solutions.
  • Be transparent: We believe in openness and two-way communication. Our doors are always open, and we will keep you informed on our progress throughout.
  • Make North Mayo a place people can stay & make a living
  • Make our beautiful region a better place for us all to live
  • Attract new people and enterprise

LEADER should not be just a funding mechanism. Money, in itself is not the solution. Rather, LEADER in Mayo should empower communities to work together, combining their energy, ambition and expertise to drive their futures. LEADER can also provide a stepping stone to further development and other income streams.  Together, we can work to safeguard and build a brighter future for our communities.

We want a fair and representative say in our future, and investment that ensures that communities in North Mayo can work together to recover and grow in co-operation and collaboration with Co. Mayo as a whole. We want to work to serve the communities of North Mayo, with you and on your behalf.


 Application Information and downloads

The LEADER Application process this time is a two-step process – project applicants must first submit a short Expression of Interest Form (EOI) and once this is approved, they can then progress to the formal application stage.

The information booklet below is designed to give a good overview of LEADER in Mayo and contains information on the types of projects that can be supported, exclusions and the grant ceilings that apply.

Download the Moy Valley Resources Guide to LEADER booklet (PDF: 1MB)  

Tabhair íoslódáil an leabrán eolais faoin gClár LEADER (PDF: 2MB)

Download the LEADER Expression of Interest Form (EOI) 

Tabhair íoslódáil an foirm leiriú speise EOI  

Contact the Moy Valley Resources LEADER Team

For more information on LEADER, contact us on 096 70905 or email one of the team:

Name Position Contact
Annette Maughan Acting CEO, Moy Valley Resources amaughan@moyvalley.ie
Corina Deehan  LEADER Community Development Officer leader2@moyvalley.ie
 Kim Merrifield  LEADER Community Development Officer leader@moyvalley.ie