Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (728)

Mary Butler


728. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount spent on projects in County Carlow under the LEADER programme; the number of projects allocated funding; the number still pending; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29270/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The LEADER programme is administered in County Carlow by the Carlow Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), which acts as the Local Action Group in partnership with Carlow County Council and Carlow County Development Partnership.

The total amount of funding allocated to the county for the duration of the 2014-2020 LEADER programme is in excess of €6.4 million, which includes administration and project funding.

To date, 33 projects with a combined value of €2,069,280 have been approved by the Local Action Group. This amounts to 43% of its project budget. In addition, a further 4 applications seeking total funding in excess of €700,000 are at various stages of the approvals process.

Project payments are drawn down as approved works are completed and claims for payment are submitted by the project promoters. To date, €1,146,666 has been spent on these LEADER projects in County Carlow.