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Food Initiative Funding


Funding available for For Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers

Maximum Funding Rate: Up to 75%
Maximum Grant: €200,000
Minimum Grant: €5,000

This initiative aims to support new and existing food and beverage producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as (1) market development, (2) competitiveness, and (3) innovation.
Support for food producers, may include, but is not limited to, the following
  • Artisan, Micro and Small food producers, including those with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
  • Regional product development, including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
  • Marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
  • Improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, and marketing and business skills deficit

The costs that are eligible for funding are the same as for all other projects in accordance with the LEADER Operating Rules. For example, this would include support for:

  • the construction, acquisition or improvement of immovable property;
  • the purchase of new machinery and equipment;
  • intangible investments such as the development of computer software and the acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights or trademarks; and
  • second-hand equipment (subject to terms and conditions)

How to Apply?

The submission of an Expression of Interest Form is the first step in applying for LEADER Funding. It is your opportunity for your proposed project to be presented to the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) who will determine if your project is eligible for funding and if you can advance to the next stage of the Application Process. Please ensure that you read the details set out above. Once you submit your fully complete Expression of Interest Form Leitrim Development Company will contact you to outline if your proposed project is eligible for funding or not and if you can proceed to full Application.

Alternatively, if you wish to download a word version of the Expression of Interest please click here.

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The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

This project is supported by EU Recovery Instrument Funding under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2022

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