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European Funding - Rural Development Plan 

Rural Development Plan (RDP) 2014 - 2020


The Rural Development Plan for Wales is part of a European Programme to promote the economic regeneration and sustainability of rural areas. 


The RDP LEADER Programme uses innovative methods to assist communities, helping to boost the local economy by developing basic services, village enhancement, improving the local environment and promoting sustainability and the Welsh language.


The programme has been approved by Welsh Government and will be delivered jointly with Rhondda Cynon Taff. The areas covering the programme deemed eligible as rural in Merthyr Tydfil and RCT are Bedlinog, Cyfarthfa, Maerdy, Merthyr Vale, Rhigos, Vaynor, Ynys-y-Bwl with Plymouth as a Service Centre and Treharris as a Host ward. 


The programme will be administered by Merthyr Tydfil and the Rural Action Cwm Taf Local Action Group will ensure the programme delivers innovation projects identified as being most needed within rural communities.


The themes for the future programme are:

  • Adding value to Local Identity & Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains
  • Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory services
  • Renewable energy at a community level
  • Exploitation of digital technology

In 2015, the Welsh Government will also be launching a Rural Community Development Fund which groups/enterprises and organisations may apply for.


If you require any further information on the future Rural Programme, or would like to know how to be involved in the consultation process please contact the Rural Co-ordinator:


Rural Action Programme Coordinator – (01685) 727089

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Rural Development Plan (RDP) 2007-2013


Merthyr Tydfil was involved in the last Rural Development Plan Programme. 


There were three main objectives stemming from the Merthyr Local Development Strategy and all projects that were approved fit within at least one of the key objectives: 

  • Welsh Heritage and Culture
  • Production of Local Food, Crafts and Services
  • Tourism and Outdoor Activity

The projects approved were:

  • Project Cynnal -  ended June 2014 which focused on business growth, environmental best practice, resource efficiency and ICT
  • Preserving Merthyr's Heritage - ended June 2014 which aimed to protect, enhance and promote the heritage and landscape of the Rural wards of Merthyr Tydfil
  • Rural Grant Scheme - ended December 2013 which sought to build capacity within the eligible Rural wards in Merthyr Tydfil for local communities, encouraging projects that sustain the Rural community
  • Bees & Biodiversity - ended December 2013 and worked with European partners to prevent the decline of pollinating insects and protect the biodiversity of each area involved.
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