Become a SWMDC Affiliated Member!

South West Mayo Development Company (SWMDC) was established in 1991 by community and voluntary groups from Westport, Newport, Castlebar, Balla, Ballintubber, Carnacon, Louisburgh and Ballinrobe to revitalise south and west Mayo after years of underinvestment. We did this through a pilot programme known as LEADER. 

We are now inviting your community voluntary group or organisation to join us and become a SWMDC affiliate member. As an affiliate member your group or organisation will have the opportunity to shape our future direction and share in our success. 

Since 1991, we have secured over €30 million in funding for local projects and other community supports through programmes such as: 

  • Successive LEADER Programmes 
  • Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 
  • Rural Social Scheme (RSS) 
  • Tús Initiative 
  • Community Employment (CE) Schemes 
  • Rural Recreation and Walks Scheme  
  • Asylum, Migration and Integration funded programmes (WIN Mayo)
  • Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF)
  • HSE funded programmes – Community Connector, EROC and Roma/Migrant Community Supports
  • Social Farming Programme
  • Community Futures
  • Living Well Programme


Our Strategic Plan 2021 – 2027 aims to ensure that SWMDC is resilient, flexible, and adaptable in the face of change and to continue to build up communities in County Mayo into the future. 

Over 400 community groups and organisations benefitted from our work in the last year alone.  

What are the benefits of being a SWMDC affiliate member? 

As an affiliated community/voluntary organisation, you will: 

  • Nominate representatives for election to our Board of Directors. 
  • Gain access to other local groups and organisations as a SWMDC Board representative. 
  • Vote in elections for community board members to represent your area. 
  • Ensure community ownership of your local development company. 
  • Influence the direction of the future work of the company through local focus groups and network meetings for example. 
  • Hear about new funding programmes and supports in our quarterly newsletter. 
  • Access guidance on grant applications for non-SWMDC funding programmes. 


How much does affiliation cost? 

€50 per year. 


How can my community/voluntary group or organisation become a SWMDC affiliate member? 

  1. Complete the Community and Voluntary Groups & Organisations Affiliation Application Form:  Affiliation Form 2023
  2. Arrange for payment of the €50 affiliation fee as follows
  3. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to our bank account. 


  1. Make a cheque payable to South West Mayo Development Company CLG. 


  1. Cash 


Please send your completed Application Form and your: 

  1. Electronic Funds Transfer Copy 


  1. Cheque 


To: South West Mayo Development Co., George’s Street, Newport, Co. Mayo, F28 X329 

Please do not post cash. You can drop cash into our Newport or Balla offices. 


Electronic copies of documents can be sent by email to: 


What happens once we pay our affiliation fee? 

Once we receive your paperwork and payment, we will send you: 

  • Affiliation fee receipt 
  • Unique SWMDC affiliation number 



This affiliation programme is limited to South West Mayo Development Company CLG. It is not linked in any way to the Mayo Public Participation Network (PPN). South West Mayo Development Company has very close ties with the PPN and Mayo County Council. 

Regardless of affiliation, we will continue to support all community/voluntary groups and organisations in our areas of operation. 

 Registered in Dublin 182222. Recognised by the Revenue Commissioners as a Charity No. CHY 10482 Copyright © 2021 South West Mayo Development. All Rights Reserved.