Irish Local Development Network

Promoting and supporting the work of Local Development Companies in Ireland

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LDCs & Rural Development

ILDN's 35 rural member companies deliver a specific range of supports and programmes aimed at improving the economy and quality of life for rural communities.

Examples of the type of projects specific to the rural environment include:


  • Grant aid and intensive mentoring and support for enterprises in areas ranging from food, craft and tourism to innovative new products and technologies.


  • Support for the development of tourism activities
  • Support for area-based festivals
  • Development of high quality walking trails
  • Heritage projects ranging from restoration of historic buildings to historic graves projects
  • Support for tourism enterprises
  • Development of tourism marketing collectives and tourism brands


  • Environmental conservation projects such as river beds and endangered species projects.
  • Sustainable energy strategies
  • Renewable energy pilot projects


  • Rural transport programmes
  • Delivery of the Rural Social Scheme. For more information click here.
  • Grant aid for the development or improvement of community facilities such as community centres, playgrounds and other recreation spaces.

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