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The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020

Apply For Cavan Leader Programme Funding

How to apply for LEADER Funding

The submission of a fully completed Expression of Interest Form and Data Declaration Form is the first step in applying for LEADER Funding, it will then be reviewed to determine if your project is eligible for funding and if you can advance to the next stage of the Application Process.

Please read County Cavan LEADER Local Development Strategy 2016 Extract which provides project ideas that may be eligible for funding.

These documents may also be of assistance when completing your expression of interest form.

Cavan LEADER is Open for Funding Applications

The LEADER Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 for County Cavan is now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI) across the following range of programme actions:

Published on: 08 Jun 2017

Theme 1: Economic Development, Enterprise Development & Job Creation

Local rural tourism

Development of outdoor and indoor recreation and leisure tourism. Heritage site preservation/renovation and events with a tourism/cultural/heritage focus. Specialised tourism initiatives. Development of new and existing angling facilities. Tourism accommodation (excluding renovation of existing or derelict buildings exclusively for B&Bs and Self-Catering - Targeted call). Tourism training.

Enterprise and entrepreneurs

  • Support for start up or existing enterprise.

  • Enterprise Space for Business Development.

  • Training initiatives for enterprise.

Sustainable renewal of rural towns

  • Enhancement and sustainable renewal of towns.

  • Training needs for communities specific to rural towns.

  • Development support for recreational facilities and purchase of equipment.

  • Development & promotion of unique social events, festivals & activities in rural towns.

Access to ICT and high speed connectivity for rural areas

  • Support for access to reliable and high speed broadband and training programmes in ICT.

Theme 2: Social Inclusion

Basic services to meet community needs

  • Construction & upgrading of new and existing sporting & recreational facilities by community-based organisations (excluding general use community facilities - Targeted call).

  • Training initiatives for hard to reach communities, transport, access and rural services.

Rural Youth

  • Community youth sports & recreation facilities (excluding the purchase of new equipment - Targeted call).

  • Youth specific training and youth development initiatives.

Theme 3: Rural Environment

Local water sources

Rainwater harvesting, water source protection and training in water resource conservation and protection.

Local biodiversity

Biodiversity projects, protection and enhancement of natural habitats and biodiversity training projects.

Sustainable energy

Renewable energy projects, training in energy awareness and alternative energy methods.

If you have a project idea which you think may be eligible for LEADER funding, contact: 

Cavan County Local Development, Unit 6A Corlurgan Business Park, Ballinagh Road, Cavan H12DP86, phone 049 433 1029 (extension 3), or download a Leader Expression of Interest Form. 

NOTE: Maximum levels of funding: 50% for Private Projects and 75% for Community Projects.

Potential projects covered by the targeted call process as indicated above are not eligible at this time.