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Funding for rural areas (Rural Development Programme)

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) supports 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:

  1. Increase the productivity, diversity and efficiency of Welsh farming and forestry businesses, improving their competitiveness and resilience, reducing their reliance on subsidies.
  2. Improve the Welsh environment, encouraging sustainable land management practices, the sustainable management of our natural resources and climate action in Wales.
  3. 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 - Rural grants and payments (Welsh Government)

The Wales Rural Network 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.

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The RDP in Swansea

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.

Apply for RDP funding

RDP LEADER funding has supported a variety of community led projects, these have included community supported agriculture schemes, renewable energy initiatives and feasibility studies.

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RDP projects

Find out more about successful projects that have been helped by RDP funding and support.

Rural Development Programme Team

Contact us if you require any help finding funding.