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Welsh Government funding for rural projects in 2019

  • Categories : Press Release
  • 09 Jan 2019
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Public and third sector organisations working with communities in the Bedlinog, Cyfarthfa, Maerdy, Merthyr Vale, Plymouth, Rhigos, Treharris, Vaynor and Ynysybwl wards are being invited to express an interest in applying for support from the Rural Action Cwm Taf LEADER Programme, administered by the Rural Cwm Taf Local Action Group.

Run by the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government, the aim of the LEADER programme is to promote social inclusion, reduce poverty and improve health & wellbeing.

Applicants’ projects will need to be community-led, using innovative methods to help communities address need by developing basic services, creating sustainable, resilient villages and improving the local environment.

They should also fit into one or more of the following themes:

• Exploration of digital technology

• Adding value to local identity and natural and cultural resources

• Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory services

• Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains

Applicant organisations must find at least 20% match funding to contribute to the project. Please note that existing projects or projects that would provide a direct benefit to your organisation cannot be supported. The fund is for project ideas which have not been tried in the Cwm Taf area before.

Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm on Thursday, 31 January 2019 and can be submitted in hard copy or electronically.

For further information, guidance and an Expression of Interest form please contact ruralaction@merthyr.gov.uk, tel 01685 727089.

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