LEADER | Developing Meath from the Ground Up




Rural communities are the key to their own destinies, they are their own best assets; it is up to' LEADER to help them to bring out ‘the greatness within’. 


The vision for LEADER in County Meath is to deliver "a county which fulfils its social and economic potential, that is a preferred location for living and doing business, and one that provides its citizens and communities with the highest standards of living and quality of life". Project proposals that address this vision and contribute to the delivery of the Local Development Strategy (LDS) will be prioritised for funding.


The LEADER Transitional Programme, covering the period 2021 - 2022, with a project budget of €1.5m, provides a unique opportunity to refocus support on economic development, social inclusion and the rural environment in the light of the considerable challenges presented by both the Covid 19 Pandemic and Brexit. 

With the approved financial resources, coupled with the bottom-up ethos of LEADER, the potential exists for Meath to emerge from current circumstances as a stronger, more resilient and more prosperous county.

Meath Partnership acts as the Implementing Partner on behalf of the Meath Local Action Group and has responsibility for the administration and animation of the LEADER Programme.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

LEADER is a funding initiative open to all. From community and voluntary groups to private individuals or small to medium enterprises, LEADER can offer grant aid and support to projects aiming to promote the quality of life and economic opportunities for Meath dwellers within the framework of the Meath LDS. Even if you are not a Meath resident you can still avail of LEADER support once the project is based in the county.



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Expression of Interest

To download a copy of the Expression of Interest for the LEADER Transitional Programme please click here.


When submitting your Expression of Interest please ensure that it has been signed and that all sections are fully completed. Failure to do so may lead to a delay in the processing of your application.





LEADER Programme Themes

Economic Development, Enterprise Development & Job Creation

  • Rural Tourism

  • Enterprise Development

  • Rural Towns

  • Broadband

Social Inclusion

  • Basic Services Targeted at Hard to Reach

  • Rural Youth

Rural Environment

  • Protection and Sustainable Use of Water Resources

  • Protection and Improvement of Local Biodiversity

  • Development of Renewable Energy

Rates of Aid

Capital Projects - Up to 75% of eligible costs (max. €200k)


Analysis & Development - Up to 75% (Private) or 90% (Community & Voluntary) of eligible costs (max. €30k)


Training - Up to 100% of eligible costs (max. €200k)