LEADER is an EU wide rural development programme supporting the growth and development of rural communities and businesses, and protecting the rural environment.
Funded by the EU and the Irish Government, LEADER provides funding, training, guidance to community groups and supports for rural business.
To see how we can help you, click on the LEADER tabs below, and complete the LEADER Expression of Interest form.

Please note that the current LEADER programme concluded on 31st December 2022.  The new LEADER programme is set to commnece in early 2024

Through the LEADER programme, CLDC also launched the Social Enterprise Network in January 2023, to give Social Enterprises in Clare a platform to interact with other like-minded people, to ask questions, share ideas, experiences & learnings, and to identify opportunities for working together and for wider collaboration. Read more about the Network, and the opportunities for training and support, HERE.

What and who are we funding?

Click here to download a full list of LEADER funded projects in Co. Clare
















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FREE home energy trainings start this week!

FREE home energy trainings start this week!

Online courses open to all! Upcoming courses will look at topics such as: How we can use simple devices to monitor and manage our energy use, our choices and behaviours around our transport energy and how working together as communities can lead to innovative renewable energy projects.

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What is a Social Enterprise??

What is a Social Enterprise??

Although there are many definitions, the bottom line is...A social enterprise is an enterprise [or business] whose objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact, rather that maximising profits for its owners or stakeholders.   Social enterprises...

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Contact LEADER

If you would like more information or to discuss our LEADER programme please contact us on +353 65 686 6800 or email leader@cldc.ie


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