LEADER 2015-2020

LDS 2015_2020

All details and information relating to the consultation process and the development of the strategy will be published here on this page.

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government  has informed the West Cork Development Partnership that its application for Stage 1 of the Local Development Strategy (LDS) selection process has been successful and it is now invited  to prepare and submit an LDS for the new RDP (LEADER) programme.

Over the coming weeks the West Cork Development Partnership will be engaged in a comprehensive consultation process throughout the region. This will be carried out through a variety of media and public events all of which will invite priority actions, innovative plans and ideas, strategies or observations to be submitted for consideration for inclusion in the proposed Local Development Strategy.


It is intended that the consultation process will conclude no later than 30th September 2015 to allow for the commencement of the new RDP programme in late 2015 / early 2016.

Note: this date has been extended by to 9th October to allow time for additional stakeholder meetings


What’s in the new LEADER programme?

The priority for the new LEADER programme is to promote social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas. This acknowledges the key challenges facing the region following the economic downturn and facilitates the provision of supports to address issues, such as the impact of high levels of unemployment and an increase in levels of poverty and exclusion. As LEADER aims to build the capacity and skills of the local community and socio-economic interests to tackle local development objectives, it directly contributes to the promotion of local development in rural areas, which itself has three focus areas:

  1. Facilitating diversification, creation of new small enterprises and job creation;
  2. Promoting local development in rural areas;
  3. Enhancing access to, use and quality of ICT in rural areas.

The priority themes and associated sub –themes for economic and community development proposed for the programme are as follows:

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RDP themes

Further detail on the new programme can be found at https://www.pobal.ie/FundingProgrammes/LEADER/Pages/LEADER.aspx

How can I contribute to the development of the strategy?


If you would like to articulate the needs and opportunities within your community or area of interest, express your thoughts and ideas on any or all of the programme themes or have a general query on programme funding opportunities please Have Your Say by following the link above or contact Ian Dempsey, CEO at ian@wcdp.ie or 023/8834035.

Click through the banner below to take part in a survey to rank key focus areas for the LEADER programme.


Further information, particularly in relation to operating rules and eligibility criteria will be publicised as soon as it is made available by the Department of Environment, Community and local Government.