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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

Applications to the RDP LEADER programme for funding up to £5000 can be made at any time. A new window is now open between 1 April and 30 September 2019 for higher level funding applications.

Word Document Guidance note for RDP applications (Word, 798KB)Opens new window
Word Document RDP project idea form (Word, 1MB)Opens new window
Word Document Full RDP application form (Word, 2MB)Opens new window
Word Document RDP - synopsis of approved projects (Word, 19KB)Opens new window

European agricultural fund for rural development

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