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Rural Programme: Community Grants

Creating solutions to tackle rural poverty
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Application deadline:
Round 1 has now closed


Siop Pwllglas part of the Community Hall in Pwllglas and is a thriving social enterprise.

Community Grants

We are inviting community groups to apply for funding to tackle rural poverty in rural areas of Wales.
The first round of funding has now closed. A second round will open in 2018. Details of this round will be announced in early 2018. To keep up to date with the latest news regarding funding from the Big Lottery Fund, sign up to our monthly e-bulletin here.

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 which helped shape the funding programme. You can see the full results of that survey here.

Community Development Support

This funding for the Rural Programme comes after £2 million was set aside for community development support. Severn Wye Energy Agency, in partnership with BRO Partnership, will support up to 30 communities in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire to tackle poverty in their areas. The partnership will support communities to address issues that could include employment and income, transport and access to services, poor broadband and digital exclusion, housing and fuel poverty, and demand for welfare and advice services.

Case studies

"He tried absolutely everything to break me"

After decades trapped in a brutal and violent relationship, Edna finds the support at Carmarthenshire Domestic Abuse Service (CDAS) invaluable and makes living in such a rural area acceptable because of the ongoing support.


Electric car just the spark for rural community

Wales’ first electric car share club is enabling people to share the cost of motoring with their neighbourhood. Cilgwyn Community Group in Newport, Pembrokeshire leased a brand new electric vehicle and set up a car-sharing club for the area.


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Growing success of veg box scheme

A veg box scheme has become so successful is has now into a cooperative of local growers providing vegetables in and around a mid Wales town. Green Isle Growers is a collection of three community growing projects in and around Machynlleth.


Opening new doors for older and younger people

Homeshare matches younger people looking for reasonably-priced accommodation with older people who are lonely or isolated and can offer a spare room. The younger person typically pledges around 10 hours of companionship and light domestic help to their host in return for accommodation.


So much more than a shop

A group of villagers from the Pwllglas in Denbighshire reversed the erosion of rural life in their community and reopened the shop and the post office and created a hub which the whole village could be proud of.


Building bridges and lives

Thanks to the Building Bridges project in Monmouth, disabled 22-year-old Lewis Venner has been learning a range of new skills, some of which are geared towards helping him become more independent. 

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Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation
  • Public sector organisation


  • Health and well-being
  • Young People
  • Education, learning and skills
  • Children and young people
  • Environment
  • Stronger communities
  • Identifying and meeting need
  • Building skills and confidence


  • Carers
  • Children
  • Families
  • Not in employment, education or training
  • People who have no or low incomes
  • Older people
  • People who have physical ill health
  • People with disabilities
  • People with mental health issues
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Young people