THE Local Community
Development Committee (LCDC) in Donegal has approved 476,000 for 14 new projects under the
LEADER Rural Development Programme.
The projects funded range from festivals to arts,
sport and heritage projects to capital works type
initiatives in community centres.
Chair of the Donegal LCDC Cllr Martin McDermott
believes that these funds are instrumental to
support development in rural areas in Donegal saying
we have identified a number of objectives in
Donegal that we want to see achieved through the
LEADER Rural Development Programme including rural
tourism, enterprise development, rural towns,
broadband, basic services targeting hard to reach
communities, rural youth, sustainable use of water
resources, improvement of local biodiversity and the
development of renewable energy.
The LEADER Rural Development Programme which runs
from 2014 to 2020 aims to improve the quality of
life in rural areas and to encourage diversification
of economic activity in rural areas and almost 13m
has been allocated to Donegal under this Programme.
In Donegal three key themes have been identified in
the roll out of this programme including Economic
Development, Enterprise Development and Job
Creation, Social Inclusion and Rural Environment.
This funding programme is administered by four
implementing partners in Donegal including the
Inishowen Development Partnership and the final
decisions on project funding rests with the Donegal
LCDC Local Action Group which is supported by
Donegal County Council.
Cllr McDermott is urging local community groups and
businesses in Inishowen to continue to come forward
with applications to the LEADER programme saying
this funding presents a great opportunity for
groups and businesses across Donegal to deliver
innovative and meaningful projects in their local
areas and I would encourage any group or business
with an idea to engage with the implementing
partners to see how the ambitions for their area or
business can be supported.