The first tranche of funding for LEADER Co-operation projects has been launched today by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys.

LEADER Co-operation is a specific element of the Rural Development Programme designed to encourage Local Action Groups (LAGs) to work together on a joint project which is of mutual interest to each participating area.

Co-operation must involve a partnership of two or more LAGs from different areas – within Ireland or internationally – coming together to jointly deliver projects that benefit their respective local communities.

The first tranche of €3 million under the LEADER Co-operation strand is available through an open call for applications across the LEADER themes which cover Economic and Enterprise Development, Social Inclusion and the Rural Environment.

Projects that are shown to deliver real added value for their local communities will be prioritised for funding.

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