LEADER Application Process

Applying for LEADER funding is a two step process.

Step 1: Expression of Interest Form (EOI)

The Expression of Interest Form is the first step in seeking funding support through the LEADER Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020. It is used to outline your project proposal and check if it is eligible to progress to the Application Form stage. Eligibility is checked against the LEADER Operating Rules and the Monaghan Local Development Strategy. Include as much information as you can on this form to provide us with as clear as possible picture of what your proposed project entails. The Expression of Interest Form and Expression of Interest Guidance Notes are available to download below.

Expression of Interest Form 

Expression of Interest Guidance Notes 


Step 2: LEADER Application Form

If your proposed project is deemed eligible, you will receive your LEADER Application Pack and an invitation to attend a mandatory Pre-Application Workshop that will provide you with assistance and guidance on completing the application form.   Fully completed application forms with all supporting documentation will be assessed by an Independent Evaluation Committee who will make a recommendation, and a final decision regarding funding will then be made by Monaghan Local Action Group.  LEADER Development Staff will be available to answer any queries on  or telephone 042-9749500.


Open Rolling Calls and Time Based Calls

The majority of funding elements under LEADER 2014-2020 is available based on ‘Open Rolling Calls' where we can accept a completed Expression of Interest Form at any time during the lifetime of the programme (subject to available budget).  However, there are also a small number of 'Time-Limited Calls’ that will involve opening and closing dates for submission of Expression of Interest Forms. For more details of Open Rolling Calls and Time-Limited Calls, please click here.

For further information on the LEADER funding application process, contact us by telephone on 042-9749500 where you can discuss the outline of your project proposal with one of the LEADER development staff directly, or email us at .  All project details and information will be treated with the strictest confidence.


Downloadable Application Documents

A copy of the LEADER full application form is available directly from your assigned Development Officer.   A copy of the LEADER Application Form Guidance Notes is available by clicking here, LEADER Application Form Guidance Notes

Below is a list of reference documents for applicants in the process of completing the full application form.  Your assigned Development Officer can provide guidance on which documents below (if any) are required for your particular project.    

•   FTS6 Tender and Schedule for Works

•   Instructions to Tenderers

•   Short Public Works Contract

•   Works Declaration LEADER (WDL)