Community Led Local Development (LEADER) is an important element of the framework for supporting rural development in Ireland. Jointly funded by the EU and the Irish Government this approach has supported the sustainable development of rural areas throughout the country since it began in 1991. This unique approach to development ensures that all members of rural communities have the opportunity to participate in decision making at a local level through the formation of a Local Action Group (Kildare LCDC) and the design and implementation of a Local Development Strategy

Through these strategies Local Action Groups determine the needs in a local area and make decisions on what types of investment are best suited to address those needs. The LEADER elements of RDP 2014-2020 provided €5,261,600.01 over the lifetime of the programme to support the sustainable development of rural communities in County Kildare.

Additional Transitional LEADER funding for projects of €1,165,923 has been made available to Kildare over 2021 and 2022.

The three programme themes are:

  1. Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation
  2. Social Inclusion
  3. Rural Environment

Click on the following link to view the Kildare LDS: Kildare Local Development Strategy

The Kildare RDP Local Development Strategy (LDS) was approved by the LCDC and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs in late 2016.  Further information is available from County Kildare LEADER Partnership (CKLP) on 045-895450 or email: or website:


The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Community Led Local Development (LEADER) Programme

LEADER Programme

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