Údarás na Gaeltachta has a role in implementing leader in the Gaeltacht areas of Donegal and Múscraí.
Údarás na Gaeltachta is one of four implementing partners of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) led Local Action Group (LAG) in County Donegal and County Cork and has responsibility for the administration and animation of the LEADER Programme in the Gaeltacht areas of Donegal and Múscraí.
Theme 1: Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation
Theme 1 is focused on the challenge of driving continued local economic development, including the diversification of the rural economy, to create employment opportunities for the local community, including those from disadvantaged groups.
Theme 2: Social Inclusion
Priority areas for investment may include:
Theme 3: Rural Environment
Theme three focuses on maximising the potential of the environment to contribute to the sustainable development of rural communities. Areas of focus may include:
LEADER is a funding initiative open to all. From community and voluntary groups to
private individuals and small to medium enterprises, LEADER can offer grant aid and support to projects aiming to promote the quality of life and economic opportunities in the Donegal/Múscraí Gaeltacht within the framework of the approved Local Development Strategy.
Those not resident in the Donegal/Múscraí Gaeltacht may still apply to Údarás for LEADER support if the project is based in the Donegal/Múscraí Gaeltacht. Projects based outside the Donegal/Múscraí Gaeltacht should apply to one of the other implementing partners for LEADER support (to Comhar na nOileán if the project is based on one of the Donegal Gaeltacht islands).
Eligible project areas for LEADER investment
Please note – the LEADER programme cannot fund any project or element of a project retrospectively.
As a guiding principle, on behalf of the LAG all projects will be considered by reference to the following:
Rolling calls are open applications received on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis.
However under this Programme, LAGs must implement targeted periodic calls for EOIs. It is expected that at least 40% of calls will be on a targeted basis and that targeted calls are spread across all themes of the Programme. Targeted calls will commence from 2017 onwards.
The purpose of targeted calls for EOIs is to ensure that LEADER funding is targeted where it delivers the most value, is awarded based on a comparative assessment, secures equal opportunities for all potential applicants and ensures that funding is available for the duration of the Programme.
Targeted Calls in Donegal/Múscraí Gaeltacht will adhere to the bottom-up ethos of LEADER.
Targeted, periodic calls will be widely publicised, at information meetings and/or in the local media and direct contact with promoters.
Expression of Interest
An Expression of Interest (EOI) form must be completed as a pre-cursor to any application proper for funding under the LEADER programme. This EOI will assist in accessing the eligibility of a proposal and is not to be mistaken for any formal application for funding which may be made by you at a later date. All EOIs will be acknowledged and will be logged on RDP IT national System.
Once a proposal is deemed eligible, an Application Form and Guidance Pack with all terms and conditions will issue. Conditions will include such matters as planning permission, sources of finance, Tax Clearance Certificate, procurement process (quotes), insurance and statutory requirements. When a completed application is received it will be acknowledged and sent for 1st “Article 48 Check”.
Assessment and Decision
A Project Officer (PO) will prepare an assessment of the project and present it to an Independent Evaluation Committee (IEC). The IEC will make a recommendation to the LAG for funding in terms of the amount and rate. The LAG will meet to review the recommendations of the IEC and either approve or reject the application for funding.
Approved projects will be presented for the second “Article 48 Check”. When this check is completed (and assuming that no issues arise) a Letter of Offer and Contract will issue to the Promoter. When the offer is accepted the eligibility period for the project commences. The PO will monitor the progress of the project and undertake site visits as required.
The Promoter may seek to claim a drawdown of the grant aid when the project or relevant phase of the project is complete and all relevant expenditure is paid. The PO will work with the promoter to finalise all outstanding checks and paperwork and present the project for drawdown. At this stage the project will undergo the final Article 48 check in terms of payment and once completed successfully, Donegal County Council will issue the grant payment to the promoter (by electronic transfer).
Údarás na Gaeltachta,
Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair,
Co Dhún na nGall.
Email: email@example.com Telephone: 074 95 60100
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Páirc Ghnó an Daingin
Daingean Uí Chúis
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 066 9150100