Galway has been allocated €9 million in funding from the LEADER programme for the next five years.
Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys has confirmed details of the €180 million LEADER Programme for 2023-2027.
The allocation for Galway is the third highest in the country, behind Cork €16.8 million, divided into three sub-districts, and €10.4 million for Donegal.
The LEADER programme provides grants to local community action groups to help support sustainable development in the area.
The selection process for the next five year programme will be conducted over two stages; the first stage is an ‘Expression of Interest’ by eligible groups, followed by a more detailed stage which will see them develop their LEADER strategies.
“The LEADER Programme has been integral to delivering locally-led projects that have brought major benefits to communities across Rural Ireland,” Heather Humphreys said.
“LEADER operates on a ground-up approach and is all about empowering local communities to deliver projects that will revitalise our towns and villages.”
She added that the process for selecting projects will be, “open, transparent and competitive”, and encouraged private and public sector groups to work together.
The Minister announced that interested parties will have until Friday, December 16, 2022 to submit their Expression of Interest.