Arwain, the LEADER programme in Powys is designed to get local people, businesses and communities involved in delivering sustainable, innovative solutions to address some of the economic, social, and environmental challenges facing Powys. LEADER focuses on delivering a bottom-up method for encouraging and promoting rural development. Support is primarily aimed at small-scale pilot projects that are innovative in nature and can be from community groups, social enterprises, businesses, and individuals. Projects will need to be community led, respond to community need and be able to sustain themselves long term or leave a legacy, after funding intervention has ceased.
The types of projects that may be funded include: pilot projects - small scale and time limited activities aimed at testing out a concept or to try an innovative technique; feasibility studies to undertake research into a specific issue or problem; and facilitation and mentoring support to organisations and groups to help develop their skills and expertise.
The programme is not a grant scheme but aims to use innovative methods to assist communities in addressing the need in their areas by developing basic services, creating sustainable, resilient villages, and improving the local environment.
Following the mid-term evaluation of the funding programme and the projects approved to date, the One Powys Local Action Group has identified that there are funding needs within the following areas:
- Health and wellbeing
- Renewables, climate change, access to services, and transport
- There will also be an opportunity to submit a proposal to deliver a small grants scheme to support the above areas
Therefore all applications must support the areas above.
They must also fit within one of the five LEADER themes, as follows:
- Adding value to local identity and natural and cultural resources
- Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains
- Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services
- Renewable energy at community level
- Exploitation of digital technology
This fund is for revenue costs only but can include small items of equipment. LEADER is able to fund up to 80% of the overall cost of your project. This 80% is capped at £100,000. However, if you have a larger project in mind please speak to a member of the team.
Please see the guidance notes for full details of how to apply. Each applicant will be allocated a LEADER Animator, please contact the team prior to application if you need support.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 30th November 2020.
All projects will need to be completed by 31st December 2021.
Please note, remaining funds are limited, and therefore the application process will be competitive.
If your First Stage Application is successful, your proposal will be appraised at the next One Powys Local Action Group board meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 9th December 2020.
This programme has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.