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This section of the website is currently being updated. 

All strands of Lottery funding can be accessed by following this link to the Big Lottery Fund Website

Big Lottery Fund Wales - Rural Programme: Community Development Support
Through the Rural Programme £13.5 million is being invested to create solutions to address rural poverty in Wales.

The aim is to make great things happen in rural communities in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire.

The first stage of the Rural Programme is Community Development Support. Approximately £2 million has been set aside for community development support grants which will be up to seven years in length. Research and consultation identified how rural communities sometimes lack the capacity to identify assets that will make improvements.

Up to four grants are available to empower rural communities to develop their own ideas to overcome challenges being faced which are linked to poverty. Funding is available to third sector-led partnerships to support communities which have a population of under 10,000 within the nine local authority areas.

Potential applicants will work in partnership to achieve the following:
•Rural communities are brought together to work in partnership and map the strengths and challenges within their community
•Rural communities are empowered to develop their own solutions to address poverty
•Approaches to community development are evaluated and disseminated to inform future work in rural areas.

Successful applicants will also be able to award micro grants of up to £750 to rural communities. There will be a broad remit as to what they can be used for, as long as they have an underlying aim of addressing rural poverty in their communities, and can be considered value for money.

Rural programme consultation

Between September and December 2015, communities were asked what they thought was the best way for the BLF to communicate and engage with rural communities, and received hundreds of responses. You can see the full results of that survey here...
For further information on the Fund please visit the website link here...


If you or your organisation are thinking about applying to any of the National Lottery funds we would welcome the opportunity to talk to you to help maximise your chances of submitting a successful application.


Heritage Lottery Fund

Sport Wales

Arts Council of Wales



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