We are inviting community groups to apply for funding to tackle rural poverty in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire.
Grants of between £10,000 and £350,000 are available for groups whose work will benefit a community with a population of 10,000 or less. If you have a project idea that exceeds this budget range or any of the given criteria, please give us a call to discuss your idea. Further rounds of funding will be announced next year.
Although the types of activities that could be funded are not being prescribed, applications would need to show how groups are doing any of the following to address poverty:
Building social capital – enhancing skills available in the community
Increasing resilience to challenging circumstances.
This could include themes like employment and income, transport and access to services, poor broadband and digital exclusion, housing and fuel poverty and demand for welfare and advice services.
To help demonstrate the types of projects that could apply, the fund has published six stories demonstrating the impact of National Lottery-funded projects in rural Wales (see case studies below)
Rural programme consultation
Between September and December 2015, we asked you what you thought was the best way for us to communicate and engage with rural communities, and received hundreds of responses which helped shape the funding programme. You can see the full results of that survey here.
Community Development Support
This funding for the Rural Programme comes after £2 million was set aside for community development support. Third-sector-led partnerships have applied to this part of the programme with up to four successful applicants being announced in spring 2017. Their work will support communities in developing ideas and funding applications to overcome challenges they face which are linked to poverty.