KLP signs LEADER Contract 2014 -2020

Pictured formal ‘funding agreement’ contract signing that KLP had with Minister Heather Humphreys in the Virginia Showgrounds, Cavan on the 8th of July.

Below is the formal quote from Minister Humphrey’s that issued from the Department press office:

Minister Humphreys said:
“The LEADER programme will deliver some €250 million into rural towns and villages right across the country over the next four years. By signing the funding agreements with Co. Kilkenny Local Action Group, we are unlocking €7,791,572.91 in vital funding for rural communities across Co. Kilkenny.

“I know that communities across County Kilkenny are very eager to access this funding, for the benefit of local groups and organisations. Upon taking over responsibility for rural and regional affairs, I was very keen to ensure the Funding Agreements could be signed as quickly as possible so that this money can start to flow into rural Ireland. Now, the majority of Funding Agreements are being signed, meaning the Local Action Groups can start receiving applications for funding.

“One of the great strengths of the LEADER programme is that it puts funding decisions in the hands of the communities where the money is spent; local decisions by local people. The LEADER programme will fund a wide variety of projects in Co. Kilkenny over the coming years; projects large or small; projects with economic, social or environmental dimensions.

“LEADER is built on local people facilitated by Local Action Groups. The investment provided through LEADER at a national level can only make a meaningful impact with the vision and effort of community groups and entrepreneurs at a local level. I wish the Local Action Group in Kilkenny the very best and I look forward to facilitating their work, and funding their investments, in the coming years.”