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Rural Community Development Fund (RCDF)

Offering grants which are primarily aimed at community-based organisations.

The grants will provide investment funding for a wide range of activities to help meet local needs and strengthen communities so that they can grow and thrive.

Key areas for support include:
•drawing up of community / village development plans
•investments in small scale infrastructure including renewable energy generation and energy saving actions
•investments in ICT including broadband
•improving access to services investments and studies for the maintenance, restoration and upgrading of the cultural and natural heritage
•investments in the relocation of activities and conversion of buildings with a view to improving quality of life or increasing environmental performance.

Round seven will only provide support for sub measures 7.2 and 7.3:

•7.2 - support for investments in the creation, improvement or expansion of all types of small scale infrastructure, including investments in renewable energy and energy saving
•7.3 - support for broadband infrastructure, including its creation, improvement and expansion, passive broadband infrastructure and provision of access to broadband and public e-government

Expression of interests for Round seven must be submitted by 7th June 2018 on the relevant EOI form.

Further information here (opens external window)


What are the Brexit Implications for the sector? - recent briefings

Briefing from NCVO click here

WCVA Statement  click here

Carwyn Jones, First Minister statement click here

Welsh Assemby Research paper click here



The West Wales and the Valleys region, which covers 15 local authority areas, has been awarded the highest level of support from the European Union for the Structural Funds programming round 2014–2020.

The West Wales and the Valleys programmes comprise funding from two separate European Structural Funds: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

ERDF funds will help progress the region’s transformation into a sustainable and competitive economy by investing in research and innovation and helping new and existing businesses to grow. It will also focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and strategic infrastructure. The ESF will be used to tackle economic inactivity, and increase skills and employment

Full details and the state of play regarding this important source of funding for West Wales can be found at the WEFO website and Pembrokeshire County Council European Unit.

You can keep up with the latest Eurpoean news and advice for the 3rd sector through WCVAs  3-SET department.

3-SET - the third sector European team - supports third sector organisations seeking to access European funding with information, advice, resources and training.

The latest briefing documents from the WCVA can be downladed from here

WCVA Briefing - English

WCVA Briefing - Welsh

Posted 29 Jan 14


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