Additional call for applications to the LEADER Food Initiative (LFI)

The call for applications to the LEADER Food Initiative (LFI) is targeted at eligible small,

food businesses in line with a commitment in the Programme for Government, ‘Our

Shared Future’, to “support the small food producer, providing support for on-farm

diversification enterprises and investment in local processing facilities, allowing farmers

to sell their products into the local and wider domestic markets”.  The call is specifically.

targeted towards the following groups to enable them to diversify, expand and develop:

  • on-farm diversification enterprises; and
  • artisan, micro and small food businesses.

The maximum amount of funding permitted per project under this call is €200,000 and

funding proposals must not be for less than €5,000 per project.

The following are key dates related to the call for applications:

A project proposal must be submitted to NTDC by 5pm on Wednesday 30 August 2023.

If funding is allocated in principle by the Department, a complete LEADER application and approval process will be required, prior to contract issue.

Projects must be fully completed by 31 March 2024.

Final claims for payment must be submitted to the Department no later than 30 June 2024.

Further information regarding the LEADER Food Initiative (LFI) process is available at 067 56676.