It was announced by Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, that €1.4 million in LEADER funding has been spent across 47 projects in Wexford and this grant is supporting jobs and investment across the county.
“There has been a significant expansion of activity over the last 12 months since the Minister introduced a range of measures to make the programme work better for both potential applicants and for the LEADER Local Action Groups which deliver the programme on the ground,” said Wexford Fine Gael Minister Michael D’Arcy.
The following community groups and organisations across Wexford have now received funding for their local projects.
In Gorey: Tara Rock Community Field Trust, CCE Ballygarrett, Gorey, Gorey Courtown Forest Park Ltd,Kia Ora Mini Farm, North Wexford Historical Society, The Gap Arts Festival also Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross Course Angling, Oulart Hill Development Group, Rosslare Community Development Association and Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford Male Voice Choir and Yola Hedge School.
“The LEADER programme funds projects under a diverse range of themes that include enterprise development, rural tourism, social inclusion and the environment. LEADER is a key component of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
“LEADER funding represents an enormous opportunity for rural businesses and communities that are in need of investment and I want to see the programme continuing to grow and make a difference for rural Ireland over the coming years.
Minister Michael Ring said: “There has been a remarkable increase in LEADER funding allocations in the last twelve months thanks to all of the stakeholders involved. This time last year we had less than 50 projects approved. Now we have over 1,000 approved. I want to see this momentum continue over the coming months and the funding for the approved projects drawn down as quickly as possible.”