Community projects


What is the LEADER Rural Development Programme?

The LEADER programme is a European Union initiative to support rural development projects initiated at the local level to revitalise rural areas and create jobs.

The LEADER programme has been operating in Ireland and across EU Member States for over 30 years.

LEADER supports rural community and enterprise projects. 

Moy Valley Resources is an animation partner on the LEADER programme in Co. Mayo, meaning that we have two development officers working alongside Mayo North East LEADER Partnership to support community groups and enterprises to secure LEADER funding for their projects in North Mayo. 

In the last LEADER Programme (2014-2020), our team at Moy Valley Resources worked with over 80 project promoters in North Mayo to obtain LEADER funding totalling nearly €6m for a range of projects


Members of the Moy Valley Resources and MNELP LEADER Team pictured with members of River Moy Search and Rescue who obtained LEADER funding for equipment and training. The group also received funding for a feasibility study for a significant environmental project.

The 7 Principles of the LEADER Approach

  1. Bottom-Up Approach
  2. Area-Based Approach 
  3. The Local Partnership
  4. An integrated and multi-sectoral strategy 
  5. Networking 
  6. Innovation 
  7. Co-operation

Who can apply for LEADER funding?

Community Groups, Organisations, or Businesses/Enterprises

What type of projects can LEADER funding support?

To qualify for LEADER funding your project must fit into one of the 3 main LEADER themes:

Theme 1: Economic Development and Job Creation

Theme 2: Rural Infrastructure and Social Inclusion

Theme 3: Sustainable Development of the Rural Environment and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation


 Aidan Anderson of Iceford Stables pictured with Annette Maughan, CO, Corina Deehan, LEADER, and James Golden, Mayo North East.

Iceford Stables, located between Ballina and Enniscrone received LEADER funding for a substantial upgrade of their facilities.

Examples of LEADER Projects we have supported

Projects funded under the LEADER EU RDP fund 2014-2022.

Belleek Woods Enhancement Committee

The Belleek Woods Enhancement Committee obtained funding for feasibility studies for two heritage restoration projects. 

Sean Duffy Community Centre MUGA

A new multi-use games facility (MUGA) comprising an outdoor astroturf facility, floodlights and hurling walls for use by local groups. 

Mayo North Tourism – People & Places Series

Funding for a series of short videos, showcasing local tourism businesses in North Mayo and West Sligo. Watch here

Ballina Town FC – car parking and landscaping

Funding for a much-needed resurfacing of an extensively used car park to service both the club and Belleek Woods.


Ballina Rugby Club

Funding was obtained for renovation of the Ballina Town Rugby Clubhouse and resurfacing of the car park.

Ballina Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival committee received funding for marketing collateral to support the festival in 2019.

Ballinglen Museum of Art

Funding for Phase II of this modern gallery, housing one of Ireland’s most significant collections of contemporary Irish art.


Bonniconlon Show

The Show Committee received funding for equipment, a new website and upgrade of approach roadways



Corina Deehan: LEADER Development Officer 

Corina has in the past managed several successful Moy Valley Resources partnerships including cross-border Interreg and Cycleau projects.

Corina’s role is now to assist businesses, and community groups to access LEADER funding for development of projects that will benefit the North Mayo region, liaising with Department of Rural and Community Development, Pobal, Mayo LCDC and other local agencies to deliver results for the region.

Corina has a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Training and a MA in Executive Training and Management.  

You can reach Corina at: leader2@moyvalley.ie or call 096 70905

Kim Merrifield: LEADER Development Officer

Kim joined the Moy Valley Resources LEADER Team in 2018.

Before joining Moy Valley Resources, Kim worked as a District Partnership Manager in the Early Help and Preventative Services Directorate in Kent County Council in the UK. Kim now works with the North Mayo LEADER team to support community groups and enterprises to access LEADER funding for the development of projects that will benefit the North Mayo region.

Kim has a MA in Community Development, a BA in Philosophy, Sociology and Politics and a Higher Diploma in Women’s Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway. 

You can reach Kim at: leader@moyvalley.ie or call 096 70905