LEADER 2023 - 2027

The LEADER Programme 2023-2027 has opened for County Monaghan. The LEADER Programme is an EU wide programme funded by the EU and Irish Government that can provide small rural businesses, communities and individuals from across County Monaghan with grant funding and guidance to develop their project ideas. Monaghan Integrated Development has been involved in the delivery of the LEADER Programme for 30+ years, and a key feature of the LEADER programme is the dedicated staff that are available to help businesses and groups navigate the application process.

There are three themes under which LEADER can support applicants:

Theme 1: Economic Development and Job Creation

Theme 2: Rural Infrastructure and Social Inclusion

Theme 3: Sustainable Development of the Rural Environment and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Further details on the types of projects that could be funded are available Here

To coincide with the opening of LEADER 2023-2027, we are hosting three public information events, and each event will focus on a specific theme as outlined below:
  • Monday 10th June 2024 @7.30pm in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre. Theme: Sustainable development of the Rural Environment and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Wed 12th June 2024 @7.30pm in the Iontas Centre Castleblayney. Theme: Economic Development and Job Creation
  • Thursday 13th June 2024 @7.30pm in St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Monaghan Town. Theme: Rural Infrastructure and Social Inclusion
If you have a project idea, come and join us at one of these events.

How to apply for LEADER funding?

The first step when applying for LEADER funding is to complete an Expression of Interest Form (EOI).
ttt The EOI Form can be downloaded here, completed and returned either by email to or by post to Monaghan Integrated Development CLG, Unit 9 Drumillard Business Park, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan A75 HR59.

This form is designed to let us know who you/your group/business is, and what your project idea is. It will be used to help us decide if your project could be eligible for funding under the LEADER programme, and it is important that you fill in the form as completely as you can. If the Expression of Interest is deemed to be eligible in principle, you will be invited to a Pre-Application Workshop and supported to submit a full LEADER application.
If you would like further information on the LEADER Programme, email  or call us on 042 974 9500.