About KLP

About KLP

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) is a non profit, independent, community-led, local development organisation, with over 30 years of experience delivering to communities on the ground, providing a wide range of services including training, work placements, grants and advice.

KLP was formed in 2008 as a result of the government’s decision on the integration of the functions and missions of local development companies operating in the rural development and social inclusion sectors. In general, at national level, these companies were effectively merged to local authority boundaries. In Kilkenny this resulted in the roles of Barrow Nore Suir Rural Development (BNS), Castlecomer District Community Development Network (CDCD), Kilkenny community Action Network (KCAN) and in the medium-term future- Loughboy Area Resource Centre being combined into one integrated company- KLP

KLP is pleased to roll out the new LEADER programme 2023 - 2027 for County Kilkenny has been announced with an indicative allocation of €6.1 million.  KLP is also moving forward with the new SICAP Programme  (Social Inclusion) 2023- 2027.   We look forward to working with partners, stakeholder and clients to improve the economic, social and cultural quality of life of the people of Kilkenny.


KLP Mission Statement

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership will lead and facilitate the creation of an integrated local development strategy to improve the economic, social and cultural quality of life of the people, communities and small enterprises of all County Kilkenny.




KLP is now continuing its work through the Rural Development Programme LEADER, Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and other supporting programmes in empowering local communities to improve their quality of life. This support comes in variety of ways including grant aid to innovative rural business and communities and development officer support to disadvantaged or marginalised communities and individuals.




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