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LEADER Loan Fund

Community groups have big ideas and LEADER grants help make those visions become realities. But bridging finance and match funding can be obstacles for groups trying to avail of LEADER grants.
To avail of the LEADER grant, you may need to show that your project is fully-funded. This can include demonstrating that your organisation has the ability to pay for goods and services in advance of you receiving the LEADER grant.
You may also need to show that your organisation has sufficient money to complete the project.
This may be difficult for some organisations, but Clann Credo can help you by providing bridging loans or match funding loans.
During the 2007 - 2013 LEADER programme, Clann Credo provided over €34m to 319 LEADER funded projects.  These projects created, sustained and supported almost 3,000 jobs.

Why Clann Credo?

  • Affordable interest and repayment rates
  • No Personal Guarantees required
  • No application forms
  • Experienced, regionally based staff, contact details HERE
  • Community impact of project is an important consideration in your loan request



Bridging Loans

LEADER Grants are paid following submission of receipts for works completed and paid for. Clann Credo can provide you with a Bridging Loan to pay for works done on your project allowing you to claim the LEADER Grant. The Clann Credo loan is repaid when your project receives the LEADER Grant.

Match Funding Loans

The LEADER Grant process may require you to show your organisation has sufficient match finance (own funds) to cover the cost of the project. Clann Credo can provide you with a Match Funding Loan if your community group doesn’t have enough reserves to avail of the LEADER Grant. Clann Credo’s repayment terms are flexible.

1 As of 1st December 2022 - Actual rates and fees depend on individual circumstances and may differ from advertised rate.


Other Benefits from Clann Credo


- FREE 1 year membership for The Wheel (umbrella community group support network)

- FREE Financial Health Check for your organisation

- FREE places on Specialist Workshops for your volunteers and staff

- Access to a range of extra benefits from our partner organisations, The Wheel and TrustLaw.


Under the Credit Reporting Act 2013 Clann Credo is required to provide personal and credit information for Credit Applications and Credit Agreements of €500 and above to the Central Credit Register. This information will be held on the Central Credit Register and may be used by other lenders when making decisions on your Credit Applications and Credit Agreements. The Central Credit Register is owned and operated by the Central Bank of Ireland. For more information, including on how your data is processed, see