Rural Community Development Fund

The Rural Community Development Fund (RCDF) offers grants which are primarily aimed at LEADER Local Action Groups and other community-based organisations.

The grants will provide investment funding for a wide range of activities to help meet local needs and strengthen communities so that they can grow and thrive.

Key areas for support will include:

  • drawing up of community / village development plans
  • investments in small scale infrastructure including renewable energy
  • investments in ICT including broadband and digital inclusion
  • improving access to services such as childcare, rural transport and  financial advice
  • investments in recreational, tourist infrastructure and activities to improve health and quality of life.

Information on the Rural Community Development Fund Live Periscope Event

Important: You must ensure you complete the appropriate Criteria and application form for this window, please check the Window dates on the form.

Further details on the application criteria can be obtained by reading the EOI Guidance and supporting scheme documentation.

Scheme Indicative allocation Expected maximum number of full applications Window opens Window closes EOI Decision Date
£3m 25 05-Sept-16 31-Oct-16 13-Jan-17
£3m 25 01-Dec-16 31-Jan-17 31-Mar-17

Scheme opening dates.



Rural Community Development Fund: Guidance notes(File size: 1MB)

Rural Community Development Fund: Expression of Interest – Criteria and application form (File size: 324KB)

Rural Community Development Fund: Frequently asked questions (File size: 375KB)

Expression of Interest (EOI): Guidance notes (File size:323KB)

Rural Community Development Fund: Summary (File size:313KB)

Competitive Tendering and Public Procurement: Technical guidance notes (File size: 537KB)

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