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Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020

Supporting businesses, farmers, the countryside, and communities in rural areas.

The programme is a 7 year European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) programme funded by the European Union and Welsh Government. The RDP can help rural Wales to:

  • Increase the productivity, diversity and efficiency of Welsh farming and forestry businesses, improving their competitiveness and resilience, reducing their reliance on subsidies.
  • Improve the Welsh environment, encouraging sustainable land management practices, the sustainable management of our natural resources and climate action in Wales.
  • Promote strong, sustainable rural economic growth in Wales and encourage greater community-led local development.

The Welsh Government provides up-to-date comprehensive information on the Rural Development Plan and all the various strands - Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020Opens new window
The Wales Rural NetworkOpens new window is a one-stop-shop for news, events and information about rural development, helping to make connections with other people, communities, organisations and businesses across rural Wales and beyond.

City and County of Swansea RDP

To support the implementation of the RDP within our rural wards, the Swansea RDP has set up a Local Action Group (LAG) made up of people from the third, public and private sectors. The LAG submitted its PDF Document Rural local development strategy 2014-2020 (PDF, 1MB)Opens new window to the Welsh Government and was successful in securing funding from the RDP LEADER programme, which they now manage.  

The LAG has set up 3 sub-groups to assist them in managing the programme. These are:

  • Economy and community
  • Tourism
  • Transport and infrastructure.

How to apply for funding

The funding window for Autumn 2019 has now closed. Thank you to all those who have submitted applications. The Swansea RDP team will be reviewing the applications shortly, any questions should be directed to The next Swansea Rural Development Partnership funding window will be advertised in 2020.

PDF Document Swansea RDP - full application guidance notes (PDF, 565KB)Opens new window

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