WELSH GOVERNMENT – RURAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND
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 for 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 from the grant level 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, for the purposes of the bio-economy, fostering local development in rural areas and enhancing accessibility to, use and quality of information and communication technologies (ICT) in rural areas, 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.
Examples of the kinds of activities that would be eligible under RCDF include the following:
- Support for drawing up development plans and protection and management plans.
- Support for investments in the creation, improvement or expansion of all types of small scale infrastructure, including investments in renewable energy and energy saving.
- Support for broadband infrastructure, including its creation, improvement and expansion, passive broadband infrastructure and provision of access to broadband and public e-government.
- Support for investments in the setting-up, improvement or expansion of local basic services for the rural population including leisure and culture, and the related infrastructure.
- Support for investments for public use in recreational infrastructure, tourist information and small scale tourism infrastructure.
- Support for studies and investments for maintenance, restoration and upgrading of cultural and natural heritage.
Businesses, public and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations in rural areas of Wales may be eligible to apply
The first deadline for Expressions of Interest is 31 January 2016.
Further details together with Guidance Notes and Application Form are available at –
£9 MILLION PROGRAMME WILL HELP
WELSH COMMUNITIES TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR ASSETS
A new £9 million programme to create more sustainable communities in Wales by supporting asset transfer was officially launched by the Big Lottery Fund (The Fund) today.
Hundreds of people are expected to attended launch events around Wales this week for the new multi-million Community Asset Transfer 2 Programme (CAT2). It aims to provide both capital and revenue funding to support the transfer of assets, such as land and buildings to community ownership. The assets can be transferred from individuals, the public or private sector.
Projects can apply for grants between £300,000 and £1,150,000 with money being used to help community groups to regenerate and reinvigorate the assets and develop manage and sustain them to improve their livelihoods and neighbourhoods. Through this programme, groups will be encouraged to use the asset to generate multiple income streams and provide quality services and amenities.
Following the success of the first Community Asset Transfer (CAT) programme which was launched in 2010 and through further consultation, The Fund have discovered a continued need for this kind of programme for communities in Wales.
Rob Pickford Wales Big Lottery Fund Wales Committee member and Chair of the CAT2 programme committee said “This programme is helping Welsh communities to become stronger and more sustainable by assisting them to obtain and develop assets and improve where they live. By helping to transfer assets to enterprising organisations that actively involve and benefit the communities they serve, we are ultimately helping more people to benefit from their local community assets and also generating local income and employment.”
Big Lottery Fund Wales Director John Rose said “The CAT programme was a huge success empowering communities across Wales to use buildings and land to suit their needs. We’ve taken the learning from CAT and built upon it to develop CAT2 into a programme that meets the needs of communities in Wales.
“The CAT2 programme aims to create more sustainable communities; supporting asset transfer to enterprising organisations that actively involve and benefit the communities they serve. It is about improving services and facilities for communities in Wales that are sustainable.”
Menter Môn received a grant under the first CAT programme to support the transfer of Llangefni Town Hall from the local county council. Built in 1841, the hall has been transformed into new offices for local organisations, event and exhibition space and seminar and meeting rooms. The newly restored Town Hall provides a range of activities for the community.
Managing Director of Menter Môn Gerallt Llewelyn Jones said “Receiving the £606,639 Community Asset Transfer grant has been an incredible boost for our area; we have been able to provide a much needed space for local business and community networking, as well as create jobs and volunteering opportunities. Without the CAT 1 Lottery funding this project would not have had the confidence to close the financial package and contribute so tangibly to the revival of Llangefni’s town centre. We would definitely encourage those interested in transferring assets to their community to apply to the CAT2 programme.”
The programme is now open for applications in English or Welsh. For further information about the CAT2 programme and how you can apply for funding, please visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/CAT2 call 029 2067 8200, textphone 0845 602 1659 or email email@example.com
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