Wales Rural Network News Round-up Issue 26; December 2018

Seasons Greetings 2018 from Wales Rural Network Support Unit


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WRN new look website

Take a look at our new website packed with content and features to support understanding of funding, visit our new interactive map promoting LEADER projects.

News stories from Wales


£80m for Glastir and Sustainable Production Grant

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has today announced over £80m to extend many Glastir agreements.

digital playground

Minister tries out Glynllifon Digital playground

The first Digital Playground in North Wales, which offers exciting opportunities to experiment with the Internet of Things in a rural setting, was visited by Leader of the House with responsibility for digital Julie James.


Digital interactive signs

In October 2017, we successfully secured funding from Welsh Governments Tourism Amenity Investment Scheme (TAIS) to deliver a new digital tourism project.

As well as Town Wifi and a new Town App & Website a major part of the project is to install 4 new Digital Interactive Signs in the town.


Top tips on profiting from suckler beef at Farming Connect on-farm event

Welsh suckler beef producers must match cow breed to their farm environment as an important first step to profitable production.


Welsh Water awarded £1 million to promote safe use of pesticides

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has been awarded almost £1 million by Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme to expand its successful PestSmart project which promotes the safe use, storage and disposal of pesticides.


Get involved with community improvement plans for Bettws

The newly-formed Bettws Forum has big ambitions for improving their community over the next five years, and want as many local residents as possible to get involved.


Do you have an innovative idea to help the high street?

The decline of high streets is a concern for many people in Gwynedd, but Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig are trying to tackle this issue using creative solutions!


Organic dairy farmers are “buzzing” to help bumblebees

Welsh dairy farmers and bumblebees don’t normally crop up in the same context but a group of organic dairy farmers, who market products under the Calon Wen brand, are hoping to change things.

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Other News from Wales

Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 - Scheme Windows


Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

MSBF is an investment fund targeting eligible capital investment projects in the tourism sector in Wales. It can be used either to upgrade existing or create new high quality product.



LEADER Cooperation Projects Wales, UK and Transnational

Want to share knowledge, experience and ideas? Interested in working together? Cooperation is more than just networking; it helps to improve the potential for local areas.

Use the CLLD Partner Search tool for ideas.


What's Happening In The UK?

grants online

Grants Online

Rural Development Grants across the UK.


National Lottery Awards for All - How to Get a Grant for up to £10,000

National Lottery Funding can help you to make a difference in your community. National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

What's Happening In Europe?


How does LEADER/CLLD work in your country?

Explore the insights of Local Action Groups (LAGs) on LEADER/CLLD implementation in your country!

smart villages

Reconnecting with rural communities through Smart Villages

The latest meeting of the dedicated ENRD Thematic Group (TG) – 5 December 2018 in Brussels, Belgium – explored the toolkit of policy instruments that can support the implementation of Smart Village strategies or plans.


ENRD thematic work – join us on social media

Follow the ENRD thematic work on social media: join our Facebook Smart Villages Community and have a chat with us about rural #Bioeconomy on Twitter! Share your ideas, experience, initiatives or projects with us and others who are also interested in these topics.


Approaches to assess socio-economic and sector related RDP impacts in 2019

The Good Practice Workshop co-organised by the Evaluation Helpdesk and the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 'Approaches to assess socio-economic and sector related RDP impacts in 2019', took place on 24-25 October, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.

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