Heather Humphreys TD, signing the first batch of Funding Agreements under the LEADER Programme 2020
LIMERICK has been allocated over €9m in the new round of LEADER programme funding which will run until 2020.
The figure of €9,276,593.96 was signed off last week by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, from a total allocation of €250m. It will, she said, unlock vital funding for rural communities across Limerick.
The money will be distributed to the Local Action Groups responsible, West Limerick Resources and Ballyhoura. However, it is not expected that the money will be available to the Local Action Groups until later in the year.
“I know that communities across Limerick are very eager to access this funding, for the benefit of local groups and organisations. Upon taking over responsibility for rural and regional affairs, I was very keen to ensure the Funding Agreements could be signed as quickly as possible so that this money can start to flow into rural Ireland,” the minister said.
TD for Limerick and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan also welcomed the allocation who said it would support jobs and investment throughout the county.
“This funding for Limerick comes in the first batch of funding agreements under the LEADER Programme 2020.
“I want to ensure that the fruits of our recovering economy are used to support local communities in Limerick.
“The whole idea behind LEADER funding is to empower local groups on the ground to prioritise where the money can be best spent. This will ensure that the people who really need it can benefit."