Western Development Commission
Name / Title
Case Study Region
BMW, West of Ireland – Roscommon
Regional, covering counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare.
Government; funding scheme; policy; research; project
Main activity / focus
Target beneficiaries / market
Population of the west region
Current Funding source(s)
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Members of the WDC Advisory Board; members of the public availing of advisory services and the WDC Investment Fund for SMEs.
The Western Development Commission (WDC) is a statutory body promoting economic and social development in counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare. It now works under the remit of the Department of The Environment, Community and Local Government (previously under the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs). The WDC is involved in policy analysis and development, the promotion of regional initiatives and the operation of the WDC Investment Fund (€28 m), provided via the NDP. This dedicated fund addresses a funding gap experienced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in the region through the provision of risk capital, equity and loans on a commercial basis. It places strong emphasis on the rural dimensions of the region, particularly diversification of the rural economy.