Welsh Government Invites New Applications for Rural Community Development Fund
A further Expression of Interest window opened in February 2017. 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 towards a total project cost of £160,000. 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 31 March 2017.