Donegal Local Development Company Ltd (DLDC) was incorporated in 1995. It is a true Partnership in that the structures are firmly in keeping with the Partnership model as understood and practiced in Ireland. We are a local development company that exists to address the social, economic and cultural development needs of our catchment. We are working in Donegal towards a better future for all. Our strategy is underpinned by a sound community development approach, where the focus is on equality for all.
DLDC was one of the first rural Partnerships established to deliver the Local Development and LEADER II Programmes from 1995-2000. In line with the Company’s corporate strategy, DLDC successfully bid for follow-on funding for the Local Development Social Inclusion, LEADER + and National Rural Development Programmes 2001-2006. Working in Partnership with several agencies and funders including Pobal, FAS, DSFA, TEAGASC, the VEC, the NWHB as well as the community and voluntary sector, DLDC has developed many unique initiatives to help address the needs of the people in its catchment area including more recently the delivery of the Millennium Partnership Fund for 3rd level dis-advantage. We have initiated pilot projects, research and contributed to policy development debate in a bid to benchmark best practices and mainstream funding for specific target groups.