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Wanted: Great ideas to help rural Swansea - and the planet

Bright new ideas are sought to help improve the Swansea area's rural communities.

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Around £160,000 is available in grant funding from the Rural Development Programme (RDP) managed by Swansea Council.

The programme supports social enterprises, the countryside and communities in rural areas.

Members of the programme's local action group are particularly eager to hear ideas from community groups and social enterprises with a One Planet outlook - those that embody sustainability and community resilience. One Planet is a useful tool to measure our impact on the Earth. It highlights our supply of nature and our demands on it.

Examples of new ideas may include groups adopting local nature spaces, projects that address energy efficiency and schemes that grow the green economy through community initiatives and skills development.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "We're excited to hear more about the great ideas out there in Swansea's main rural areas.

"This is the first time any Welsh local action group has used the One Planet approach to affect strategy and grant making decisions.

"It reflects the council's climate emergency declaration and the urgent need for everyone to change tack away from 'business as usual' to a way of doing things to protect the lives of future generations."

Swansea RDP's refreshed vision is a One Planet future for rural Swansea and beyond. Outcomes will include an increase in community self-reliance, development that is less damaging to health and the environment, and more support for natural resources and biodiversity.

Its key aims are to increase wellbeing and ecosystem resilience, the development of sustainable transport and energy initiatives and to make the local economy more self-sufficient.

Successes of earlier funding rounds have included schemes that led to a plastic-free community group and shop in Pennard and to Wales' first community solar farm.

The project ideas of community groups and social enterprises can be discussed in outline now with the council's RDP team.

They should be new and innovative to rural Swansea. All activities should take place within the city's eight rural wards and have a community benefit. The fund is unable to support applications for private business development.

To request an initial conversation simply email rdpleader@swansea.gov.uk

The RDP is a seven-year European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development programme funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government's Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

Swansea Rural Development Programme - https://www.swansea.gov.uk/rdp

Photo: GRL Directors and advisors of Gower Regeneration Ltd who were helped by the Swansea Rural Development Partnership to work towards the opening of Wales' first community-owned solar farm in Dunvant.

 

 

 

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