Rural Development Programme (Leader)

Rural Development (LEADER) Programme funding for the period 2014 – 2020 will focus on the following themes and sub thematic areas:

Click here LEADER for LEADER Programme Themes…

The (LEADER) Programme 2014 – 2020 in Kerry area will accept applications for funding on a ‘Time-limited Targeted Call for Applications’ basis.

The targeted calls will be spread across all themes /sub-themes. It is envisaged that there will be two blocks of calls each year from 2016-2020.  The Call for Expressions of Interest  will be widely publicised through the Local Development Companies  websites, information meetings and in the local media.


  • An Expression of Interest stage is the first step in a targeted call for applications so as to identify potential applicants and ensure that all potential applicants can be supported in developing an application.
  • The Expression of Interest stage determines the Eligibility of a project in relation to the Programme rules.
  • The EOI stage will be followed by a full Call for Applications.   Applications will be confined to those applicants who have submitted an eligible EOI.
  • All applications for funding will be subject to a comparative assessment.   A detailed scoring record will be completed for each project by the Evaluation Committee and only the highest rated projects will be considered for funding.




Rural Development Officer Contact Details :


Castleisland area:

Sean Linnane,

RDP Co-Ordinator – NEWKD



066 – 7142576

 Listowel area:

Mary Stack,

RDP Officer – NEWKD

Community Centre,


068 – 23429

 Tralee / Dingle area:

John Loughrey

RDP Officer – NEWKD

Aras an Phobail,


066 – 7180190