Economic/Enterprise Development and Job Creation – LEADER funding call

The LEADER Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 for County Monaghan is open and we are announcing details regarding funding supports available under the Enterprise Development sub-theme. Following a recent change in our LEADER programme operating rules, this funding is now available on a rolling basis until the budgets are exhausted.

Monaghan Local Development Strategy:
Enterprise Development Strategic Actions: 1.1, 1.2 & 2.2 
Total Budget
1.1 To provide capital assistance for start-up and expansion of SME’s €375,000
1.2 To stimulate the development of the rural economy in the County with a focus on
supporting technology based enterprises (existing and start-ups).
2.2 To provide capital assistance towards development of social enterprise projects €200,000

Entrepreneurs from County Monaghan are invited to submit ‘expressions of interest’ for funding. Upon receipt of a completed ‘expression of interest’ form a development officer will contact you. If your proposed project is eligible, you will be invited to the full LEADER application stage. You can download the ‘expression of interest’ form here.

Funding is available for enterprise start-ups, existing enterprises and social entrepreneurs for projects across a range of sectors including digital technology, green economy and social enterprise. Projects providing services to the agriculture, forestry and equine sectors are also eligible to be considered at a 50% grant rate along with projects in the artisan food, arts, craft and design sectors. Social enterprises may be entitled to apply for up to 75% funding for proposed projects subject to a number of conditions.

If you want to know more, you are invited to attend the ‘Monaghan LEADER – Enterprise & Economic Opportunities’ event on Wednesday 13 September at 7.00pm in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre. This event will provide further information about the funding available and the application process. There will be guest speakers and details on other enterprise supports will be available on the evening through Monaghan Integrated Development and Monaghan Local Enterprise Office.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Monaghan LEADER on or telephone 042-9749500 to discuss your project idea in confidence.

Monaghan Local Action Group (LAG) is administering the LEADER RDP 2014-2020 in County Monaghan for the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The County Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is operating as the LAG for the County. Monaghan Integrated Development the Local Development Company for County Monaghan is the implementing partner and Monaghan County Council is the lead financial partner.