If you can answer yes to the following questions, you may well be eligible to submit an outline application for LEADER funding.


  1. Is your project based within the Local Action Group area? You can check by either looking at the map on the main page, or using Magic.
  2. Are you a farmer, grower, forester, local rural business or community organisation?
  3. Does your business employ fewer than 50 employees and have a turnover of less than €10 million?
  4. Have you (or your business) received public funding of less than €200,000 within the past 3 years?
  5. Do you want funding of over £2500?
  6. Does your project fit one of the national LEADER priorities? Here is a link to the leader priorities.
  7. Does your project help support the local economy by creating jobs or improving productivity?
  8. Is your project innovative for your business?
  9. Is your project new? By this we mean it has not started yet and has not yet incurred any expenditure. We are unable to fund projects that have already begun.
  10. Do you have all necessary permissions in place such as planning?
  11. Is your expenditure primarily for capital items?



These costs are ineligible for all priorities:

General costs:

  • any costs incurred before the project start date shown in the grant funding agreement
  • contingency costs
  • the cost of getting any permissions or consents, such as planning permission
  • any items which you have already had EU or other public funding for (or intend to get EU or other public funding for)
  • relocation costs – if the business needs to relocate in order to expand, it can only apply for funding for the cost of the expansion
  • costs associated with the provision of housing
  • projects that are carried out only to meet a domestic legal requirement

Buildings, land and equipment costs:

  • repairs and maintenance of existing buildings, equipment and machinery
  • like-for-like replacement of existing items (such as buildings, equipment and machinery)
  • machinery or equipment that will not be on the asset register of the business 5 years after payment of your last grant claim
  • the cost of moveable fittings – like soft furnishings, beds, tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery, curtains, televisions and audio  equipment,hand tools, small domestic kitchen equipment and utensils
  • renewable heat and energy systems covered by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or Feed-In Tariffs (FITs)
  • purchase of land1
  • purchase of buildings for commercial projects

Business running costs:

  • salaries and running costs for commercial projects2
  • long term salaries and running costs for community or not for profit projects
  • in-kind contributions (this means the value of donated work or services) such as the cost of using your own labour, vehicle and office space
  • recurring licence fees, subscriptions and service charges
  • computers, software and printers used in the general running of the business, like processing orders or accounts
  • mobile phones
  • the delivery of training activities
  • consumables
  • standard, non-specialised domestic vehicles, such as cars, motorbikes

Agricultural business costs:

  • standard buildings, machinery and equipment used for growing and harvesting agricultural and horticultural products
  • standard agricultural or horticultural inputs like animals and crops
  • the cost of agricultural production rights and payment entitlements
  • setting up agricultural businesses

Financial costs:

  • bad debts
  • advance payments
  • insurance policy costs
  • working capital
  • financial charges, such as bank charges, fines and interest

1Purchase of buildings for community use may be eligible. In these cases, the purchase of the land on which the building stands may also be eligible, but the cost of the land cannot be more than 10% of the total project costs. Please talk to the LAG before submitting an EOI if your project involves the purchase of a building for community use.

2Some limited salary costs or running costs MAY be eligible in limited and specific circumstances.  Eligibility of these costs will be considered on a case by case basis and will only be considered where the need is clear and linked to supporting rural jobs and growth. Please talk to the LAG before submitting an EOI if your project involves any salary costs or running costs.

Some priorities also have ineligible costs

Please check if the priority areas you wish to apply to has any further restrictions.

You can see what costs each priority specifically deems ineligibly by reading the priority information here.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.