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

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

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

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

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

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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We are recruiting for additional members for the One Powys Local Action Group (OPLAG)

Funded 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., Arwain is working with Powys County Council to deliver the LEADER 2014 - 2020 programme in Powys.

LEADER uses local knowledge to promote a joined-up "Grass Roots" community-led delivery for rural development. Arwain has been successful in securing £3,750,000 for projects which will create vibrant, empowered and connected local communities, delivering sustainable and innovative solutions to current and future economic, social and environmental issues, to enhance the economic wealth of the County.

LEADER is a locally based approach to rural development. It aims to deliver activities which support the countryside and rural communities, encouraging a sustainable management of agriculture and environment.

LEADER comes from the French abbreviation for 'Liaison Entre Actions pour le Development de L'Economie Rural' which roughly translates as 'links between actions for developing the rural economy.'

LEADER seeks to support innovative responses to opportunities or challenges faced in rural areas.

LEADER has a number of key features:

  • It has a 'bottom up' approach to rural development i.e. that local people participate in the priorities to be pursued in their local area.
  • Innovation - provides opportunities for testing out new ideas and working in different ways.
  • Cooperation - is to undertake a joint project with another Leader group, or with a group taking a similar approach, in another region or Member State. Such cooperation can help Leader groups to boost their local activities and can provide opportunities for mutual learning.
  • Networking - Exchanging achievements, experiences and know-how between Leader groups, rural areas, administrations and organizations involved in rural development. It represents a means of transferring good practice, of disseminating innovation and of building on the lessons learned from local rural development.

The difference between LEADER and other more traditional rural policy measures is that it indicates 'how' to proceed rather than 'what' needs to be done.

One Powys Local Action Group

The One Powys Local Action Group (OPLAG) supports and oversees delivery of Rural Development Programme LEADER activity in line with the One Powys Local Development Strategy by ensuring the needs of Powys' rural communities are met. Representation from all sectors of the community is vital to its success and membership is made up of private businesses, voluntary/community and public sector organisations. The OPLAG is a collection of individuals who, together, provide the range of skills and experience required to develop the LEADER programme, assess applications and have a voice for rural development within Powys. A wide range of skills and experience is required although we don't expect members to bring all of the knowledge and skills required. The OPLAG works as a partnership, with different members bringing together different knowledge, skills and experience. The role of the One Powys Local Action Group and its members is set out in the One Powys Local Action Group Terms of Reference.

The Purpose of the One Powys Local Action Group (OPLAG) is:

  • To work in partnership to improve the quality of life and prosperity of rural communities in Powys through locally driven rural development initiatives and projects.
  • To ensure a co-ordinated and integrated approach to economic and community regeneration in Powys founded on practical partnership working between private, voluntary, community and public sector organisations.
  • To be responsible for the strategic management of the Rural Development Plan in Powys overseeing the implementation of this programme.
  • To be responsible for the strategic management of the Structural Fund Programmes in Powys and act as the executive body of the One Powys Local Action Group in overseeing the implementation of these programmes.
  • To co-ordinate such other county wide economic and community activities and/or programmes which the One Powys Local Action Group has approved.

Become a LAG member

If you'd like to register your interest in becoming a member of the LAG, please complete the OPLAG Membership EOI Form

To learn more about the work of the OPLAG or to discuss becoming an OPLAG member, please contact:

Louise White, RDP Programme Officer
Tel: 01597 827072/07773 818391
E-mail: louise.white(at)

All enquiries and expressions of interest regarding application for membership will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence and in line with Data Protection legislation.

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