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LEADER Food Initiative (For Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers)


This initiative aims to support new and existing food and beverage producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as (1) market development, (2) competitiveness, and (3) innovation.

Support for food producers, may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Artisan, Micro and Small food producers, including those with a focus on collaborative proposals, aimed at production quality and market issues;
  • Regional product development, including a focus on marketing distinctive local foodstuffs;
  • Marketing and processing for strategically identified sectors, including honey and apple processors;
  • Improved marketing, product quality and business skills through support for innovative collaborative processes and so address challenges to co-operation identified in studies on facilitating short supply chains e.g. entry barriers, the need for shared understanding, skills/training, and marketing and business skills deficits.
Project applicants must be an Artisan, Micro or Small food producers and registered as a food producer with the relevant Competent Authority as per Regulation (EC) No 852/2004; (For Registration as a Food Producer, please contact FSAI:


If the applicant is not a food business the project must deliver benefit to artisan, micro and small food producers.
This Expression of Interest Form MUST be completed by anyone wishing to start the application process for LEADER funding.

Submission of this expression of interest does not guarantee the approval or funding of any subsequent application to the LEADER Programme.

No supporting information is required at this stage.

​If you have any difficulty in completing this form or would like any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the LEADER Team at: 041 685 7374 or by emailing 

EOI Ref. ID:   21LDRLOU____________________     

LEADER Theme: LEADER Food Initiative (For Artisan, Micro and Small Food Producers)

Project Officer Signature:  ______________________________________________________

Printed name of Project Officer:  _________________________________________________
1. Contact Details
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5. Has the enterprise/organisation received LEADER funding previously?
8. Is the project located in a Gaeltacht area?
9. Is the project located on an Islands area?
10. Please give a brief breakdown of your estimated expenditure.
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11. Please supply a brief breakdown of how you intend to initially fund the project? (Match Funding)

This should equal the total at question 7 and not include any LEADER funding

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This policy does not affect your rights and your information will be held as prescribed under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003.

If you are happy with the details you have entered, the above information and wish to continue with the LEADER expression of interest process, please press Submit