LEADER Funding Call for Tourism Projects

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Funding is open to private individuals / enterprises and community-based groups who have an interest in developing a tourism project in county Monaghan. 

Monaghan Local Action Group invites applications for funding under the LEADER Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 under the Rural Tourism Theme (Budget Tourism Accommodation / Leisure Amenities & Visitor Attractions / Promotion / Plans).

Eligible Actions for Funding and Rates of Aid Available

An Expression of Interest (EOI) can be made to Monaghan LEADER under any of the LEADER Action Areas listed below by contacting the Monaghan Integrated Development office on 042 9749500 or email .  In general, eligible private enterprise projects can receive funding support up to 50% and eligible projects by community groups up to 75%.  Upon receipt of an ‘expression of interest’ form, eligible applicants will be invited to the application stage and will be guided through the application process. Funding of between €2,500 and €200,000 is eligible, subject to available funding.  The EOI submission date is 12th October 2018.

  • Rural Tourism Action 1.2 - Development of new specialised and budget tourism accommodation (e.g. caravan & camping, modern hostels, glamping, pods, yurts)
  • Rural Tourism Action 2.1 – Tourism amenities and attractions that will entice visitors to the county (e.g. angling infrastructure, canoe trails, walking / cycling trails, activity centres and visitor attractions).
  • Rural Tourism Action 3.1 – Development of tourism networking through workshops and training to capitalize on marketing and promotion opportunities
  • Rural Tourism Action 3.2 – Development of festivals through shared infrastructure
  • Rural Tourism Action 4.1 – Capital funding for utilization of old buildings for tourism activities or visitor attractions
  • Rural Towns Action 2.1 – Capital funding for projects which seek to utilize town buildings for tourism accommodation, visitor attractions or tourism amenities

Other Funding Opportunities

Please note, in addition to the above funding opportunities, other areas of LEADER funding also remain open.  If you have a project idea and would like to see if it can be funded under LEADER, contact Marianne (042 9749502) or Rita (042 9749501) in Monaghan Integrated Development or email .

Monaghan Local Action Group (LAG) is administering the LEADER RDP 2014-2020 in County Monaghan for the Department of Rural and Community Development 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.


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