Wales Rural Network News Round-up 2021 Issue 07; August 2021

Issue 07; August 2021


Wales Rural Network Support Unit


WRN Support Unit - We just keep sharing all things RDP!!

30 Years of LEADER Funding

Did you catch our all new 'Celebrating Rural' newsletter. Edition 01 concentrated on LEADER - 30 Years of LEADER!!

Look out for the next one and find out about the successes of other RDP Funding Streams. If you know of any projects that should be featured, please email

As well as continuing to allocate funding to new projects, now really is the time to start to celebrate the massive achievements so far, keep visiting the News; Case Study; & Project pages for all the latest progress.

Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020


Farm Business Grant

The 9th expression of interest window will run from 1 September to 1 October

Application Guidance will be available from 31 August 2021.

Farming and Countryside


Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Transfer of Entitlements Guidance

The transfer notification facility for 2022 was made available on 2 August 2021 and the Welsh Government must be notified by 15 May 2022 in order for the recipient to make a claim on entitlements they are receiving for the 2022 scheme year.

Increase in BPS Entitlement values

Following the removal of the Greening requirement for BPS from 2021 onwards, the Greening budget has been moved into the BPS entitlement budget. Entitlement values have been increased to take account of the change in budget.
The change in entitlement values are now viewable on your RPW Online account.



The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG)

The window for application opened on 14 July and runs until 27 August

The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG) is part of the National Forest for Wales programme. It will provide financial support for people to:

  • create new woodlands
  • make improvements to existing woodlands.

National Forest for Wales: stakeholder toolkit

We are encouraging all our stakeholders to join the conversation as we launch The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG) as part of the National Forest for Wales Programme – a connected network of forests which will span the length of Wales.

Community Led Local Development


Vale of Glamorgan - Creative Rural Communities

This month's featured Local Development area is Vale of Glamorgan.

Established in 2004, Creative Rural Communities is the Vale of Glamorgan Council's rural regeneration initiative.
The initiative works with communities and enterprises to develop innovative projects and ideas that will create long term social and economic benefits for the Vale of Glamorgan.
Learn how with a quick film.

Local Projects - there are currently 33 projects in the Vale, spanning their project themes of -

  • Attractive Vale
  • Business Innovation Laboratory
  • Evolving Communities
  • Green Community Energy
  • Exploring Digital Technology

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Wales Rural Network News provides a round-up of news, information and networking opportunities relating to the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It helps to facilitate the sharing of common issues and examples of good practice within Wales, the UK and Europe. If you have items to contribute which are related to rural development in Wales, please contact

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