Laois Partnership is to receive €647,690 through the LEADER Programme for the period 2021-2022.
The LEADER Programme supports private enterprises and community groups in rural areas.
This funding is needed more than ever due to the difficulties they have faced by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Minister for State Sean Fleming welcomed the announcement.
He said: “As we emerge following a very difficult time we need to know that the rural communities are not forgotten.
“We have seen that remote working has been very successful for businesses and individuals.
“This funding can assist in developing more opportunities for people living in Laois to secure employment to allow them to live and work locally.
“I would ask all who are eligible to apply to Laois Partnership for funding.
“I look forward to seeing the projects and success which will result from this funding.”