Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1022)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1022. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of LEADER-funded projects approved in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by county in tabular form; the level of funding for each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45082/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

LEADER is a multi-annual programme with a budget of €250 million over the period 2014-2020. €225 million of this budget is allocated to Local Action Groups, or LAGs, who deliver the programme and approve projects at local level. This allocation includes €5 million in additional funding which I have recently allocated to the top 10 performing LAGs.

The balance of €25 million is provided for thematic projects which are approved at national level.

As of 4th November 2019, 2,494 core projects with a value of over €93 million have been approved for LEADER funding by the LAGs. A further 301 projects requesting over €26.9 million in funding are at various stages in the approval process. This funding will be drawn down as projects start to incur expenditure and submit payment claims.

In addition, over 100 Food and Co-operation projects have been approved at national level, outside of the core budget available to the LAGs

Details of all projects approved under LEADER on a county-by-county basis and the funding allocated to them are available on my Department’s website at:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b849be-local-action-groups-approved-projects-2014-2020/

The information is currently being updated to show the year of approval of each project and this additional information will be available on the website on Monday, 11th November 2019.