Welsh Government Invites New Applications for Rural Community Development Fun

A further Expression of Interest window has opened. Grants are primarily aimed at LEADER Local Action Groups and other community-based organisations.

The Rural Community Development Fund has been set up to enable for small-scale infrastructure projects to improve community cohesion in rural areas of Wales.

The Fund is intended to support:

  • Improvement or expansion of local basic services.
  • Community transport and connectivity.
  • Renewable energy projects.
  • Village renewal and public amenities.

For support towards drawing up development plans and protection and management plans, the maximum grant contribution will be no more than: 50% of eligible costs. A minimum limit of grant of £400 will apply.

For support for studies and investments for maintenance, restoration and upgrading of cultural and natural heritage, the maximum grant contribution will be no more than: 50% of eligible costs. A minimum limit of grant of £400 will apply.

For facilitating the supply and use of renewable sources of energy, of by-products, wastes and residues and of other non-food raw material the maximum grant contribution will be no more than 80% of the total eligible project costs. A minimum limit of grant of £2,400 will apply.

For small-scale infrastructure investments the maximum grant per project is £128,000. A support rate of 80% of eligible costs will be provided.

Businesses, public and voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations in rural areas of Wales may be eligible to apply.

A new round has opened with applications invited via Expressions of Interest by 12 October 2017.

http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/farmingandcountryside/cap/ruraldevelopment/wales-rural-development-programme-2014-2020/rural-community-development-fund/?lang=en

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