Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) distributed in excess of €11 million in grant aid between 2009 and 2013 in the LEADER programme alone, funding almost 300 separate projects of all sizes, helping create 570 jobs and enhancing communities throughout Kilkenny. In its work on social inclusion programmes and employment supports work, it has assisted thousands of individuals- and has been active in supporting projects and sectors as wide as renewable energy, tourism, broadband and heritage.
Now KLP wants new members to join the not-for-profit organisation to help shape and drive future projects and initiatives across the city and county. Membership is open and KLP wants to hear now from community and voluntary groups, registered businesses and interested individuals in both the city and county of Kilkenny who support their ethos.
New community and business members can participate in the election of directors to the board and other Company structures. All members are invited to participate in future planning, research and consultations and they will get regular updates on KLP projects, initiatives, opportunities, news and activities.
KLP Chairman, Denis Drennan, said KLP has made a massive difference in assist communities and small business to help themselves, right across Kilkenny and urged anyone who shares their ethos and wants to make a difference to life in the city and county to get in touch.
“KLP has been the driver for some of Kilkenny’s most innovative and dynamic projects and initiatives and among these have been Trail Kilkenny, the Town of Food and KickStart, Driving Ambitions, Vulcan Wood Energy Cooperative and much more”.
“Between 2009 and 2014 we helped create 570 jobs, supported 73 communities, assisted 61 tourism and trail projects as well as 57 youth projects. We’ve supported 16 heritage projects, 10 renewable energy initiatives and 2,872 individuals. Across this region we also supported 686 enterprises of all shapes and sizes.
“As well as promoting innovation, KLP has never been slow to embrace positive change itself. Now is a time for such change- and our corporate and ownership structures need to evolve to better reflect our ethos of ‘bottom up’ development and represent our rural community. We want to hear from the community and voluntary sector- and the small business community as well as individuals who support our ethos and want to help us to continue the good work we have been doing well into the future,” Mr Drennan said.
Anyone interested should log on to www.cklp.ie, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone KLP on (056) 7752111. Prior to submitting its application this autumn to deliver the new LEADER programme, KLP will be conducting its final rounds of themed consultation meetings of its Kilkenny 2020 Vision process in a number of venues around the city and county in early September. Come along and have your say on the issues. Each meeting starts at 7pm sharp.
Meetigs are in Stoneyford Hall on the subject of Broadband/Rural Towns/Economic Development on Tuesday 1st September and at The Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny City on the subject of Rural Environment on Thursday, 3rd September. A session at Dunmore Hallwill focus on Youth/Basic Services/Social Inclusion on Tuesday 8th September and the final session at Bennettsbridge Hall will focus on Tourism on Thursday, 10th September.