RDP 2014-2020 (LEADER): Rural environment funding

LEADER rural environment funding

The Rural Environment Theme focuses on projects that aim to protect, raise awareness and sustainably utilise the local environment of rural communities.

Rural environment projects are funded under three sub-themes:


Types of projects that can be funded


  • Capacity building initiatives, training and seminars about the protection and sustainable use of water – for example, rainwater harvesting.


  • The development of action plans and feasibility studies that enrich and/or protect particular aspects of biodiversity, for example- the development of wildflower areas and edible landscape projects.
  • Capital Investment in projects that support biodiversity such as: the upgrading of parks and river walks and the establishment of nature corridors projects
  • Projects that raise awareness on environmental issues, for example- the development of local plans and feasibility studies relating to green technologies;

Renewable energy

  • Capital Investment in the installation and use of renewable energy technologies
  • Local projects involving technologies that deliver sustainable energy alternatives, for example, biomass heating, solar power, community wind farms and community-based heating systems.

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:


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


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