National LEADER Networks or National Networks representing the majority of Local Action Groups (LAGs) of the EU member-states. In the absence of National Network, regional Networks may also be admitted; respectively, an individual LAG may apply for membership in the absence of regional Network.
LEADER Networks of EU pre-accession countries or future member-states and organisations of third countries where they promote the development of the network's objectives, may be admitted under the observer status for a period of one year maximum
ELARD comprises three categories of memberships:
Active/full members: Permanent membership, voting powers in Council and General Assembly of ELARD, right to apply for the Presidency of the Association. One off registration fee of €500 plus annual membership fee at a rate of €60 per LAG represented.
Associated members: Temporary membership of maximum two years, right to attend and speak in Council and General Assembly of ELARD, no vote, no right to apply for the Presidency of the Association. One off registration fee of €500.
Observers: no membership or registration fee is required - a temporary status for one year is granted.