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L-R Dóirín Graham, CEO CLDC, Gloria Callinan, LEADER Programme Co-Ordinator, Gerry McDonagh, LEADER Development Officer, Agnes O’Shaughnessy, LEADER Development Officer, Bernie Healy, CLDC, Michelle Barrett, CLDC and Evelyn Cormican, Blueprint Coaching & Training.  Pic Arthur Ellis.

Up to €200,000 per business available under LEADER Grants for Enterprises in Co Clare

New and Existing businesses that meet the criteria can apply for LEADER grant aid of 50% of capital expenditure, up to a maximum of €200,000.   Up to €30,000 is also available for feasibility studies at 75% rate of grant aid.

Clare Local Development Company are offering a suite of business training workshops #LEADERforEnterprise to assist new and existing businesses to progress to Grant Application.

The #LEADERforEnterprise team will be led by Evelyn Cormican, Blueprint Coaching & Training with the support of a team of specialist trainers and consultants assembled in the relevant sectors. Evelyn has assisted businesses to avail of LEADER grants across the country for over a decade.    The Workshop and Training events are FREE to participants.

Eligible projects include micro-enterprise, social enterprise, tourism and agri tourism, arts, crafts and design, renewable energy installation and production, services to agriculture, forestry and equine, food and drinks, Apps as well as other digital opportunities.     

The workshops will take place at various locations around the County over the next two months.

Schedule of Workshops and Training

Grow your own Business (9am – 4.30pm)

6 full days:

Starting Tuesday 26th March, bi weekly until Jun 4th at:

Clare Local Development Company, Westgate, Business Park, Kilrush Road, Ennis.

Start Your Own Business  (9am – 4.30pm)

4 full days (1 Day per week):

Wednesday 27th March, 24th April, 8th May concluding Monday 20thMay at:

Clare Local Development Company, Westgate, Business Park, Kilrush Road, Ennis.

For further details and full training programme specification please contact:

Evelyn Cormican on 087-608 3846 or email: or any of the LEADER team at Clare Local Development Company.

Places are limited, please book immediately by completing and submitting the application form here:

Application Form LEADERforEnterprise  and email to:


Now Recruiting For

  1. Motor Technology
  2. Horticulture

These are full time programmes leading to a QQI Level 5 Major Award.

more information here

Full-Time Training (Local Training Initiatives)


Clare Local Development Company

Clare Local Development Company is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity with a voluntary board of directors from the community and voluntary sector, social partners, environmental interests, local government and state bodies.

This community-led board decides how funding and resources are used for the economic and social benefit of people and communities in Co. Clare.  Over 15,000 hours of voluntary time was contributed to this work by board members during our first 5 years of operation.

For more information please visit Who are We