Sunday, 22nd July 2018
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Over €1.7 million in funding has been approved for LEADER projects across Waterford to date in 2017, Minister of State John Halligan T.D. has confirmed.

Twenty-one local projects have benefited from the targeted rural development scheme, with the funding specifically prioritising Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation; Social Inclusion; and Rural Environment projects

Amongst the most recent Waterford initiatives to receive LEADER funding is €41,000 to Dungarvan Scouts, for an extension to their facilities.

Other key beneficiaries this year include Blackwater Distillery, Rathgormack North Waterford Community Development Ltd and Hugh Kavanagh Engineering Ltd, who each received €200,000. Ardmore Open Farm Ltd received €143,247 for Ardmore Glamping Pods; Tallow Community Centre Ltd received €130,619.94; and Kenneally Steel Fab. Ltd received €140,895.50 for an Automated Drilling Line.

Minister Halligan said there had been significant progress with the scheme since Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, introduced fundamental changes to simplify the approval process:

"In total, there are now 531 projects across the country approved for LEADER funding of over €14 million, in comparison to 45 projects approved in the first half of the year. These improvements to the efficiency of the approval process have made a significant difference to Waterford applicants, ensuring both large and small projects targeting the diverse rural needs across the country are given every support available. I would encourage more Local Action Groups to avail of LEADER support in 2018, to reap the benefits of these changes”, Minister Halligan concluded.

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