Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Questions (1167)

Dara Calleary

Question:

1167. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of projects approved to date by each LAG under the 2014-2020 LEADER programme; and the number of approved projects that have received and not received project funding, respectively in tabular form. [6258/20]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

LEADER is a multi-annual programme which has a total budget of €250 million over the period to the end of 2020.  €225 million of this funding has been allocated as core funding to each of the individual Local Action Groups (LAGs) who deliver LEADER. The remaining €25 million is available for schemes to be delivered at a national level and is allocated as projects are approved.

Table 1 below provides a breakdown of the number of core projects approved by each Local Action Group to date, as well as the number of approved projects which have received at least one payment, and the number of projects where no payment has yet issued.

Funding is drawn down as the projects start to incur expenditure and the project promoter submits claims for payment to the LAGs. The approved works, or phases of works, must be completed by the project promoter prior to any final or phased payments being made.  A project promoter can opt to receive payment in one full final payment or up to five phased payments.  It should also be noted that payments can continue to be drawn down after the end of the 2014-2020 LEADER programming period by projects which have been approved before the end of 2020.

Over 1,400, or 50%, of project promoters have now received a Final Payment in respect of their project.

The level of project activity under the LEADER programme continues to increase and, to date, 2,911 core projects have been approved for funding of over €112 million.  A further 401 project applications, with a value of almost €29 million, are at various stages in the approval process.

In addition to the figures provided on the table below, over 150 LEADER Food Initiative and Co-operation projects have been approved at national level under the thematic schemes referred to above.

 Table 1: LEADER core project approvals and payments issued as of 18 May, 2020, by LAG

Local Action Group

   No. of Projects Approved  

No. of Projects Funded

No. of Projects where no payment has issued

Carlow

45

34

11

Cavan

81

54

27

Clare

170

108

62

Cork North

75

48

27

Cork South

33

16

17

Cork West

34

24

10

Donegal

161

115

46

Dublin Rural

63

43

20

Galway East

96

45

51

Galway West

59

38

21

Kerry

320

187

133

Kildare

37

22

15

Kilkenny

96

58

38

Laois

85

53

32

Leitrim

102

66

36

Limerick

98

68

30

Longford

88

52

36

Louth

103

74

29

Mayo

155

108

47

Meath

86

37

49

Monaghan

58

39

19

Offaly

157

116

41

Roscommon

72

37

35

Sligo

128

80

48

Tipperary

162

105

57

Waterford

71

49

22

Westmeath

88

53

35

Wexford  

122

82

40

Wicklow

66

35

31

Grand Total

2,911

1,846

1,065