We are investing £13.5 million into a programme tackling rural poverty in Wales.
It aims to make great things happen in rural communities in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire.
We want to empower people in those communities to take a lead in tackling the challenges presented by rural poverty.
Hundreds of you took the time to complete a survey on how we can communicate and engage with rural communities. Here are some of the key findings:
- Approximately 50 per cent of respondents chose email as the preferred way for us to share information, the rest suggested different methods from local newspapers to face-to-face events.
- The top three ways for hearing about the Big Lottery Fund are through work, word of mouth and social media (Facebook).
- Of those who replied, 53 per cent had not applied for funding from us. When asked why, the majority said a general lack of awareness of our programmes and that our processes were too complex.
- You said that you want to hear more about the difference our funding is making and suggested case studies as a particularly helpful way to learn from other projects.
Taking on board your suggestions, we have highlighted two rural projects that have been successful in getting funding from us. Cwmni Cymunedol Cletwr, Ceredigion and the Dref Werdd, Gwynedd, share their experiences and tips on consulting with the local community.
'Rural Voices' - your views
If you require English subtitles for the Welsh interviews please select 'CC' in the video above.
Through this programme we are focusing on rural communities. To ensure we reach the right people we want these communities to be at the heart of its development. By working together we can make great things happen in your community.