Rathlin Island Development and Community Association

Rural Programme Community Development Support

Rathlin Island Development and Community Association
Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisation
Total available
£2m for Community Development Support
Application deadline


What's it all about?

Through the Rural Programme we are investing £13.5 million to create solutions to address rural poverty in Wales.

Our 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 was Community Development Support. Approximately £2 million has been set aside for community development support grants which will be up to seven years in length. This is because our 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 they face 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.

We were looking for potential applicants to 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, we asked you what you thought was the best way for us to communicate and engage with rural communities, and received hundreds of responses. See the full results of that survey