Wales Rural Network News Round-up 2021 Issue 08; September 2021

Issue 08; September 2021


Wales Rural Network Support Unit


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Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020


Farm Business Grant

The ninth expression of interest window for the Farm Business Grant (FBG) will open on 1 September and close on 1 October 2021. Online forms will be available for you to complete using your RPW Online account.

Farming and Countryside


FC - Issue 35 - September/October 2021

35th issue of Farming Connect’s technical publication for farmers and foresters in Wales.

Fully-funded computer training for YOU! - 20/09/2021

Are you confident about your computer skills? Don’t miss out on the wide variety of support available through the Farming Connect ICT programme.



Substantial funding made available as key agricultural schemes extended

More than £66 million is being made available by the Welsh Government to continue delivering positive environmental outcomes for Wales, a key part of maximising the protective power of nature through farming.


Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Transfer of Entitlements guidance

The transfer notification facility for 2022 is now available on your RPW Online account. We 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.


Social enterprise takes action to save Welsh wool industry

A Menter Môn-lead project, ‘Made with Wool’ will bring partners together from across the country to realise the potential of wool as a sustainable and renewable resource. The aim is to promote opportunities and trial innovative new products.

The aim is to add value right across the supply chain from farm to end product.

Sustainability & Our Environment


St David Awards 2022

We need your help to find the next winners of the St David Awards – the national awards of Wales. This is your chance to recognise the exceptional people that make Wales great!
This year, we have introduced a new category – the St David Award for Environmental Champion. Nominations for the 2022 Awards close on 21 October.


£1 million funding for ‘Coed Caerdydd’ urban forest project

Just one project example of how RDP has contributed to making Wales more sustainable place.

A well documented topic at this current time with COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow 31 October to 12 November

Community Led Local Development


Arwain Wales

This month our featured Local Development area is Powys.

Arwain is the LEADER Programme 2014-2020 for Powys. The enterprise works with 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.

Local Projects - there are currently 52 projects in the Powys, spanning the LEADER themes of -

  • Adding Value to local identity and natural and cultural resources
  • Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains
  • Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services
  • Renewable energy at community level
  • Exploitation of digital technology

A Selection of Case Studies spanning themes such as Digital, Community, Food & Drink & The Environment can be viewed on The WRN Cases Study pages.

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