LEADER Calls will be widely publicised, here on www.leaderwestcork.com, at information meetings and/ or in the local media.

There are two types of calls; Open calls and targeted calls. Funding applications for projects that fit under the ‘Open call’ will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis’ and are not subject to any application deadlines.

Funding applications for projects that fit under the ‘targeted call’ are subject to application deadlines. Project areas covered by the targeted call will be ineligible under the ‘Open call’ process for 6 months following the closing date of the ‘targeted call’.

The Application process is a two stage process:

  • Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Stage 2: Full Application

The timing and nature of EOI calls are decided at LEADER sub-group level by the Implementing Partner in consultation with the LAG Chief Officer. The EOI form will be reviewed by the relevant Implementing Partners. Only eligible EOI’s will proceed to the full application stage. Any appeal by unsuccessful applicants must be made to the LAG in the first instance.  An Evaluation Committee will assess and evaluate the application based on objective criteria and make a recommendation for funding to the Local Action Group (LAG). Projects to be recommended to the LAG will first undergo an Article 48 Audit check.  The LAG will consider the Evaluation Committee recommendation and make a decision on whether to approve funding. The applicant will be notified in writing of the outcome of the Application.