Louth Leader Partnership is a Local Development Company funded by the Irish Government and charged with the delivery of a range of programmes whose aim is to support specific target groups with a view to making a positive difference in their lives.
The company was set up in January 2009 as part of the process of restructuring of the local development sector nationally. The process, referred to as cohesion, was aimed at merging the activities of Area Partnership and LEADER companies under one Local Development Company at county level.
The main purpose of Louth Leader Partnership is to promote support both the urban and rural communities, promote social inclusion, support enterprise development and employment creation, facilitate access to education, training and lifelong learning and assist community groups in identifying needs and developing local solutions.
Main programmeTwo of the main programmes which are delivered by Louth Leader Partnership are the Social Inclusion Community & Activation Programme, (SICAP, which replaced the LCDP in April 2015 ) and the rural Development Programme (LEADER). They both have an important role in developing innovative responses to local problems, and in building local capabilities to address local needs and develop local resources and services.
The main objective of the new Integrated Development Companies as outlined by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government is: to promote, support, assist and engage in
(a) social development
(b) enterprise development to facilitate rural regeneration
(c) community development, designed to benefit and promote the welfare of local communities or to deal with the causes and consequences of social and economic disadvantage or poverty.
There are currently 54 staff employed within Louth Leader Partnership across a range of programme activities.
Louth Leader Partnership is a Company limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status. The Company has offices in Drogheda, Dundalk and Ardee.