Five million euro is being spent on 48 projects to drive local and regional job creation including in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.
The money will be available under the Local Enterprise Offices competitive fund and Community Enterprise initiative.
Sligo and Donegal LEOs will work together on a programme aimed at existing LEO clients and artisan producers trading in farmers’ markets and other similar early stage niches.
The main objectives of the programme will be to increase the business potential and expertise of promoters, to foster innovation and know-how, increase turnover and sales and to equip participants to trade in new markets.
Leitrim LEO will work with a number of other local authority LEOs to develop the crafts sector as well developing a graduate internship programme.