The country's National Rural Network (NRN) has secured €13.5m in funding as part of Local Enterprise Week. 

The funds have been approved through the current LEADER Programme for enterprise development in Ireland.

A total of 338 projects nationally – from sectors such as tourism, engineering, social enterprise, creative industries, food and drink – will benefit from the new funding.

The funding can be used for equipment, capital works, training, feasibility studies, branding and e-commerce development.

Examples of rural enterprises that have benefited from the LEADER Enterprise Development funds include Mid Ireland Adventure – a Co Offaly based start-up set up to address the growing demand for adventure sport activities in rural locations – and Coillte Sláintiúil – a Co Sligo-based start-up which provides a range of woodland conservation solutions.

The NRN is a membership network for anyone interested in rural development. 

It provides the latest information, case studies, seminars and conferences to maximise the beneficial outcomes the country's Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 for rural stakeholders. 

Since it was set up in 1991, LEADER has provided grants to rural projects for economic and social development through community-led local development. 

Funded through the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020, a total of 1,711 projects with a value of €58.7m have been completed. 

A further 61 projects with a value of €1.26m have been approved for projects under the Co-operation and Food Initiative themes.