An Expression of Interest form (EOI) is the first step in every potential LEADER application.

The EOI can be filled online here:


Expression of Interest Form


Download a printable version of the EOI here:


Open for Applications

We are open for applications on an ongoing basis under the following sectors:

Tourism Products

Capital support for product development in the following:

  • Rural recreation and activity tourism
  • Culture & heritage tourism
  • Artisan food, arts, craft and design tourism
  • Innovative accommodation products
  • Supports for wheelchair accessible tourism


Support to the following sectors:

  • Digital technology
  • Green economy
  • Services to and in agriculture, forestry and equine sectors
  • Artisan food, arts, craft and design
  • Social enterprise

Community Development and Rural Youth

Support for communities to provide infrastructure and services locally.

Rural Broadband

Support for small scale equipment to enhance access to broadband and broadband speed in rural areas.


Support for capital projects that increase community understanding, protect and enhance habitats, community biodiversity projects.


Support available to both test feasibility and where proven, install technology which utilities or produces renewable energy.



LEADER Application Handbook:

Download here:


Updated Public Procurement information for LEADER projects:

Revised Procurement Requirements LEADER





Some of the projects we supported

Linella-Ice-CreamBrid and Roger Fahy from New Quay set up Linnalla Icecream with LEADER funding assistance. “It wouldn’t have been possible for us to have achieved the success to date with our business without the continued support from CLDC”.
Brid Fahy |
Loophead Tourism
Loophead-TourismThe animation funding that we received supported the creation of a network of people, businesses, products and services. The promotion of Loop Head Peninsula as a sustainable tourism destination was part of this project which allowed us to showcase our destination to the media. A renewed enthusiasm amongst existing businesses and excitement from new business was apparent as Loop Head received continued positive coverage as a direct result of the animation project.
Trea Heapes – Loop Head Tourism
Wilde’s Irish Chocolate
Wilde's-Irish-ChoclateMaking my artisan chocolate factory in Co. Clare open plan and making it possible for visitors and tourists to see us actually making chocolates would only have been a dream without the support of CLDC.
Patricia Farrell | Owner of Wilde’s Irish Chocolate