LEADER funding will support jobs and investment in Co. Wicklow – Andrew Doyle TD

Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture for Wicklow, Andrew Doyle, has said that the allocation of €6,336,549.00 in LEADER funding will support jobs and investment in Co. Wicklow.

“The announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys, who has responsibility for regional and rural affairs, of €6,336,549.00 in LEADER funding for Co. Wicklow is great news. This grant will support jobs and investment across the county.

“This funding for Co. Wicklow comes in the first batch of funding agreements under the LEADER Programme 2020.

“It is great that this funding agreement with the Co. Wicklow local action group, who manage the fund, has been signed so quickly. It means that community groups and organisations across Co. Wicklow can now apply to them for funds for their local projects.

“The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment.  The programme is co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The previous LEADER programme delivered almost 10,000 projects throughout rural Ireland. In addition to supporting community-based projects, last year, LEADER funding supported over 800 enterprises and 400 jobs.

“As a Fine Gael Government Andrew Doyle TD, I want to ensure that the fruits of our recovering economy are used to support local communities in Co. Wicklow. The whole idea behind LEADER funding is to empower local groups on the ground to prioritise where the money can be best spent. This will ensure that the people who really need it can benefit.”

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