T: 074 91 27056 (Letterkenny)/ 074 97 25432 (Donegal Town)  E: info@dldc.org

About Us

Donegal Local Development CLG (DLDC) is a community led local development organisation.

Who we are...

Donegal Local Development CLG. – Supporting our Communities (DLDC) is a community led local development organisation. Established in 1995, it is led by a voluntary Board of Directors from community and voluntary groups, social partners, local government and state bodies. Our catchment area covers County Donegal except for the Inishowen area, which is covered by Inishowen Development (IDP).

DLDC has over 25 years’ experience of delivering to communities on the ground, providing a wide range of local development services including training, work placements, grants and service.


Donegal Local Development CLG is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. DLDC is governed by a Board of Directors whose membership is in keeping with the Irish “social partnership” model. The Board of Directors is the ultimate decision making body within the organisation with representatives from the community and voluntary sector, social partners, statutory agencies and public representatives to devise and implement solutions to the disadvantage experienced in Donegal. In addition to annual independent financial audit the Partnership is subject to Internal Audits by each of its funders.n

A welcome from our CEO and Chairman

“DLDC is a local development company in Donegal working with representatives from communities, the state agencies, employers, trade unions and elected representatives with the aim of improving the lives of communities in Donegal. We work to improve the opportunities for people and communities in County Donegal to bring about positive changes in their own lives and in their community. We offer a range of programmes and services to support individuals, local organisations, groups and communities in the areas where we work. We support all people and groups in our community including people looking for work, students, people starting their own business, children and families, young people, older people, parents and guardians. We serve as a bridge between our local community, the state and the private sector. This enables us to secure resources and create opportunities for people to access education, training, employment, enterprise, family supports and youth programmes.

We hope that you find our website as a helpful and an informative source of assistance and we would encourage you make contact with our officers across our programmes to follow up on the supports that we have to offer.”

Padraic Fingleton, CEO
DLDC Board Head shots 14Dec18.    Photo Clive Wasson
Patsy McGonagle, Chairman

Our catchment area..

Our catchment area covers all of Donegal except for Inishowen.

The exceptions to this are as follows:

  • The Volunteer Centre, Traveller Job Coach and Rural Recreation Programme cover the whole County of Donegal.
  • Udaras na Gaeltacht delivers the RDP 2014-2020 programme in the Gaeltacht.

Our Programmes

DLDC manages EU and National programmes and projects as follows:

Providing supports for community development and social enterprise
Providing supports for lifelong learning and education
IPS supports people with mental health difficulties find work. It helps people to get and keep work by helping them with their CV, search for a job, prepare for interviews and support them along the way.
DLDC works with Sláintecare Healthy Ireland to deliver the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme to provide increased health and wellbeing services in the North West Donegal Gaeltacht.
The LEADER Programme promotes rural development and can provide assistance to put plans around your ideas, to provide funding for studies and capital funding for projects.
Community work placement initiative providing quality work placements to people who are long-term unemployed.
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