Innovative solutions to rural issues

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

  • Projects that link skills and needs together (Skills Banks)
  • Development of new business partnerships or growing existing ones
  • Develop mentoring/ambassador schemes
  • Projects that create an entrepreneurial and innovative culture
  • Projects that enable employment of local people
  • Development of new products or processes
  • Develop and/or build on Powys brands
  • Pilot innovative approaches to supply chain development.
  • Projects using innovative methods of increasing the number of businesses engaging with public and private support services.

Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services

  • Piloting news ways of delivering services such as transport
  • Facilitate community engagement and information to identify community resilience and capacity to enable service delivery
  • Projects that build the capacity of local actors to allow them to deliver local services
  • Innovative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of local people
  • Research and visits to other best practice project examples
  • Projects that develop volunteering opportunities and training placements.
  • Support for the development of community hubs.
  • Projects that trial alternative ways of delivering non statutory services.
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Renewable energy at Community level

  • Community engagement activities to disseminate renewable energy (RE) information to communities
  • Energy audits to identify hotspot communities for RE or energy efficiency
  • Projects that support the reduction of fuel poverty within the county
  • Projects that use community benefits from RE to alleviate poverty
  • Projects that support businesses to become more energy efficient
  • Projects that utilise natural resources to deliver local solutions.
  • Facilitation of support by communities through mentoring and familiarisation visits.
  • Engagement activities to disseminate RE information to land owners and rural businesses
  • Fuel sourcing from community woodlands.

Exploitation of digital technology

  • Projects that increase the uptake of digital technologies within the business and community sectors
  • Projects that use digital technologies to provide services
  • Projects that build on existing web platforms or creates new ones
  • Projects that increase the uptake and usage of digital technology to improve business productivity and effectiveness.
  • Pilot mentoring or buddy schemes to encourage the use of social media.
  • Pilot innovative ways of using new technologies to provide information.

Adding Value to local identity and natural and cultural resources

  • Projects that make best use of natural assets such as community grown food initiatives or community woodlands
  • Developing new activities related to the natural environment and heritage
  • Building the capacity of events to encourage sustainability
  • Develop ideas to increase the use of the Welsh Language within the outdoor activities sector
  • Develop ideas that link producers, retailers, caterers and visitors and products together
  • Improve the knowledge of the local natural and historical environment of local tourism providers

Farm Diversification

Farm Diversification

The Farm Diversification Scheme was a strategic project under Axis 3 of the Rural Development Plan which was active between 2011 and 2014. The aim of the project was to develop the agricultural sector in Powys into a dynamic and competitive sector.

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Resilient Powys

Resilient Powys

The Resilient Powys Project delivered a programme of support and financial assistance to encourage innovative, bottom up, small scale, business and community-led development initiatives, supporting diversification of the rural economy and improving the quality of life of Powys' citizens. A suite of strategic objectives were identified against which activities will be delivered.

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Sustainable Tourism Powys

Sustainable Tourism Powys

Sustainable Tourism Powys (STP) was an innovative programme delivered by Powys County Council to support and develop tourism in Powys into a dynamic and competitive sector. The project offered a range of support that developed and promoted the tourism offer in Powys including; grants schemes, targeted marketing, business advice and support.

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Feasibility Studies

Home Grown Homes

Imagine a project where you can take a seed and plant it. Watch it grow into a tree, nurture it, harvest it and use the wood to build a new family home - all within 150-mile radius.
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Kerry Hills Vales & Trails

A feasibility study into the viability of developing a Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) for submission to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF),
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The Community Centre, a listed building located in the small community of Llanwddyn, which has only 35 houses in the village, has been managed by a charitable trust under a lease agreement with Powys County Council
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Montytrax - Llanfyllin Branch Line

MontytraX is a community supported project that aims to develop an active travel and leisure network in North Montgomeryshire
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Rodney's Pillar

Rodney’s Pillar is a well-known local landmark, seen for many miles; it has fallen into some disrepair and local residents requested that the Community Council’s look into the matter of ownership and repair. Llandrinio & Arddleen Community Council in conjunction with Bausley with Criggion Community Council and Llandysilio Community Council applied to Arwain to fund a structural survey and a feasibility study.
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Severn Water Integration Management

The Severn Water Integration Management (SWIM) project was delivered by the Severn Rivers Trust over two years (2017-2019) in northern Powys, across the former county of Montgomery.
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The Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange is a former public house in Crickhowell, Powys. It has recently been purchased by the Corn Exchange Crickhowell Ltd. (comprising 232 shareholders) from Punch Taverns to prevent it from becoming a supermarket, which would have threatened the viability of the many family owned businesses in Crickhowell.
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The River Friendly Severn Project

The River Friendly project enabled our Senior Community Officer to work with local schools, businesses and volunteer networks. We supported local people in taking action for their rivers to improve water quality, restore habitats and celebrate the diverse wildlife that call them home.
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Welsh Biochar

Welsh Biochar was an Arwain funded project which was based at Henfron farm in the Elan Valley, mid Wales.
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Wyeside: Building the Future

Wyeside Arts Centre were successful in securing funding under both the LEADER Programme and the Arts Council of Wales for a feasibility study.
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To learn more about the work of the OPLAG or to discuss becoming an OPLAG member, please contact:

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Tel: 01597 827072/07773 818391
E-mail: louise.white(at)

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