Friday, 8th July 2016
Local Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English T.D. has
said that the allocation of €6,903,123.57 in LEADER funding will
support jobs, investment and rural life in Co. Meath.
“The announcement in Virginia today by Minister Heather Humphreys, who
has responsibility for regional and rural affairs, of almost €7m in
LEADER funding for Meath is great news. This grant will support jobs
and investment across the county.
“This funding for Meath comes in the first batch of funding agreements
under the LEADER Programme 2020.
“It is great that this funding agreement with the Meath local action
group, who manage the fund, has been signed so quickly. It means that
community groups and organisations across Meath can now apply to them
for funds for their local projects.
“The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes
that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion
and the environment. The programme is co-financed by the European
Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The previous LEADER programme
delivered almost 10,000 projects throughout rural Ireland. In addition
to supporting community-based projects, last year, LEADER funding
supported over 800 enterprises and 400 jobs.
“As a local T.D. and Minister I want to ensure that the fruits of our
recovering economy are used to support local communities in Meath. The
whole idea behind LEADER funding is to empower local groups on the
ground to prioritise where the money can be best spent. This will
ensure that the people who really need it can benefit.”