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.
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.
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.
The LEADER funding programme in Powys is nearing an end and so the One Powys Local Action Group has agreed to set up the Arwain Small Grant Scheme to utilise the remaining uncommitted funds. These funds need to be spent by 15/04/2022.
Applicants are able to apply for a grant up to a maximum value of £7,000 (there is no minimum threshold) and need to provide at least 20% match funding towards the total cost of their project e.g., total project expenditure £8,750, LEADER RDP funding at maximum 80% intervention rate £7,000 and applicant match funding of £1,750.
Although anyone can apply, applications from small community groups and organisations with turnovers of less than £100k per annum are welcomed and from applicants that have not received any funding from Arwain to date. There are bonus points available in relation to this within the scoring process.
Bonus points are also available for projects thataid COVID recovery.
The guidance notes can be found on this webpage along with the application form and performance indicator guidance.
Please complete the application form and submit it to the RDP team for consideration. The RDP team will then appraise the application using the standardised assessment template.
The application deadline is midnight on Sunday 5th December 2021.
Please contact the team via rdp(at)powys.gov.uk or 01597 827378 if you need to discuss this further.