New and Existing businesses that meet the criteria can apply for LEADER grant aid of 50% of capital expenditure, up to a maximum of €50,000. Up to €30,000 is also available for feasibility studies at 75% rate of grant aid.

Clare Local Development Company are offering a suite of business training workshops #LEADERforEnterprise to assist new and existing businesses to progress to Grant Application.


The #LEADERforEnterprise team will be led by Evelyn Cormican, Blueprint Coaching & Training with the support of a team of specialist trainers and consultants assembled in the relevant sectors. Evelyn has assisted businesses to avail of LEADER grants across the country for over a decade.    The Workshop and Training events are FREE to participants.


Eligible projects include micro-enterprise, social enterprise, tourism and agri tourism, arts, crafts and design, renewable energy installation and production, services to agriculture, forestry and equine, food and drinks, Apps as well as other digital opportunities.     


The workshops will take place at various locations around the County over the next two months.


Schedule of Workshops and Training


 Tuesday 26th February                   Digital ideas generation at Atlantic Airventure,    


Wednesday 27th February            Artisan Food & Drinks idea generation at Burren 

                                                           Storehouse Lisdoonvarna

                                                           (tour of the Burren Smokehouse from 9am)

Wednesday 6th March                   Information Evening  –  Find out about CLDC

                                                           Enterprise supports (Guest Speaker: Evelyn  

                                                           Cormican  5.30pm – 6.30pm                                               


Tuesday 12th March                       Effective Networking Skills for Tourism Providers, 

                                                           The Burren Centre, Kilfenora (11am-5pm)

Wednesday 20th March                 Equine enterprises ideas generation, Thomas 

                                                           Considine’s Creavagh Stables, Quin

Grow your own Business              6 full days in Ennis, starting Tuesday 26th March, bi 

                                                           weekly until Jun 4th.

Start Your Own Business               4 full days in Ennis, starting Wednesday 27th March

                                                           finishing on Monday 20thMay


For further details and full training programme specification please contact Evelyn Cormican on 087-608 3846 or email or any of the LEADER team at Clare Local Development Company.   Places are limited, please book immediately.