Mayo Islands – A funding call for Rural Towns: closing date 31 March 2017

LEADER closed call for Sub Theme 1: Rural Towns.


Mayo Local Action Group for LEADER invites Expression of interest of (EOI) under Objective 3 of the Local Development Strategy to support the regeneration of Rural Towns in County Mayo.

Funding under this call will be allocated to projects that support the enhancement of rural towns and contribute to making them a more attractive place to live, recreate and do business.

Attracting people and investment to town centres is key to the sustainability of rural areas. There are opportunities through LEADER to exploit our recovering economy to secure the regeneration of our towns and villages.                         

Overall budget:                           €276,520.00                       

What can be funded?                   

  1. Streetscape enhancement.
  2. Tidy Town initiatives.
  3. Maintenance/Restoration/Upgrade of built environment in town & villages.
  4. Development of recreational spaces (excluding playgrounds).

What can’t be funded?                

Projects with other sources of available funding.

Work that fall under the remit of Mayo County Council.

Who can be funded?                    

Community & voluntary groups and organisations in rural towns and villages.  Group of private sector interests but not considered secondary economic beneficiaries.                                                 

Levels of funding:                                          

Application Type Grant Rate Maximum Funding
Private 50{41e4ab157e43fda79ada3b6a4c12382c5f71cebddea57f934fc43e85ce3989be} €20,000
Community 75{41e4ab157e43fda79ada3b6a4c12382c5f71cebddea57f934fc43e85ce3989be} €20,000

Application process:                      There is a two stage process:

Stage 1: Complete the “Expression of Interest” form to determine if your proposal meets the objectives of the County Mayo Local Development Strategy and complies with the LEADER Programme guidelines.

Stage 2: Applications that are successful at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a full application with the required supporting documentation. Invitation to application stage does not mean that you will be awarded grant aid as it is a competitive process with limited funding.

Assessment Criteria Weighting
1 Compatibility with Local Development Strategy 20
2 Promoter Capacity 10
3 Financial Viability/Sustainability 15
4 Need and requirement for project 15
5 Innovative, environment and & climate change elements 10
6 Social/Cultural/Economic/ Environmental Impacts 20
7 Priority Area/Area of Disadvantage 10
Total Score 100
Note: A score of 65 is required to progress the project to approval stage. 1-6 must score 50{41e4ab157e43fda79ada3b6a4c12382c5f71cebddea57f934fc43e85ce3989be} under each individual assessment criteria.

Proposed timeline:

Application process

EOI Stage 1                        

Rural Towns call opens on 16 February 2017

Closing date for EOI 31 March 2017

EOI applicants informed of outcomes

Application Form Stage 2            

Closing date for application form 31 July 2017

Evaluation Committee Assessment

Pobal article 48 checks and LAG decision

Contracts issued to Successful Applicants

Who do I contact?   On the Mayo Islands?

Company Name Email Phone
Comhar na nOiléan CTR [email protected] 099 750 96