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Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 – Scheme Windows

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Timber Business Investment Scheme

Expression of Interest Window Open Until 30 April 2018

The Timber Business Investment scheme provides funding for capital investments that add value to forests by enabling woodland management activities, timber harvesting and/or timber processing.

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Co-operative Forest Planning Scheme

Expression of Interest Window Open Until 30 April 2018

Encouraging planning for the creation of broadleaved and conifer woodland, and contribute to the delivery of the objectives of the Environmental and Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme (ERAMMP).

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Farm Business Grant

The Farm Business Grant (FBG) scheme is a capital grant support package, designed to help farmers in Wales improve the economic and environmental performance of their agricultural holding.

Contracts from the previous round will be issued to successful applicants on the 28 March 2018 and successful applicants then have 30 days to accept..

Contracts must be accepted via RPW Online.


Rural Community Development Fund

Renewable energy, energy saving and broadband infrastructure is the focus for the Rural Community Development Fund (RCDF) Expression of Interest Window opening on 5 April 2018.

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Rural Business Investment Scheme – Food

Expression of Interest Window Closes 10 April 2018

The Rural Business Investment Scheme – FOOD (RBISF) is a capital investments scheme to support projects that offer clear and quantifiable benefits to the food and drink industry in Wales.


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Glastir Small Grants (Landscape and Pollinators) 

All Glastir Small Grants Capital Works (Landscape and Pollinators) must be completed and claimed by 31 March 2018.

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Glastir Small Grants (Water)

All Glastir Small Grants Capital Works (Water) must be completed and claimed by 31 March 2018.

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Glastir Small Grants (Carbon)

Glastir Small Grants contracts are now being issued to farm businesses who have been selected as part of the carbon theme. Contracts need to be accepted within 21 days of issue and are available on your RPW online account. Please note that geotagged photos must be taken before and after capital works and submitted with your Glastir Small Grants claim.

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Glastir Woodland Creation – EOI

Please note that we have extended the deadline for you to submit your Glastir Woodland Creation plan for window 5 from 19 March to 6 April 2018.

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Glastir Commons Claim 2018

The 2018 Glastir Commons claim must be submitted by 15 May 2018. Guidance and information can be found on the Welsh Government website.


Glastir Entry & Advanced Common Errors

Farm businesses should familiarise themselves with the most common errors and issues found during administrative checks and inspections in 2017. The fewer issues that are found during an inspection, the quicker the inspection will be completed.

Dealing with errors is time consuming, may delay payment and results in penalties.



Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF)

The Micro Small Business Fund (MSBF) is available for micro to small size businesses with fewer than 50 FTE employees.



LEADER Cooperation Projects Wales, UK and Transnational

Want to share knowledge, experience and ideas? Interested in working together? Cooperation is more than just networking; it helps to improve the potential for local areas.

Other News from Wales


Education in the Dyfi Biosphere Gets a Boost

Following the recent announcement that Ysgol Bro Hyddgen in Machynlleth has won an UNESCO award based in part on its work with the Dyfi Biosphere, the Dyfi Biosphere Partnership has started a six-month project to create new opportunities for young people to envision a sustainable future for the area.


Get the Confidence to Learn Something New

Are you thinking about getting back into work? Or looking for opportunities to learn new skills and increase your confidence?


Diversification into ‘Wild Camping’ Supported by Farming Connect

A family-owned business in Pembrokeshire has expanded to provide a job opportunity for the next generation with ongoing advice and support part-funded by Farming Connect.


Graze for Greater Profit with Support from Farming Connect’s Master Grass

Farming Connect is offering Welsh farmers the opportunity to hone their grassland management expertise through a series of dedicated courses.


See Neath Port Talbot From a New Perspective with these Captivating New Videos!

Often recognised for its steel making heritage, visitors might be excused for thinking that Neath Port Talbot is dominated by its steelworks but now a new range of videos which showcase the rural areas of the county are aiming to challenge this common misconception.

To Keep Up-to-Date with all the Rural Development Programme News Stories from Wales, Visit Wales Rural Network News Pages.

What’s Happening In The UK?


11th OECD Rural Development Conference

Improving Rural Innovation. Opportunities are available in rural areas, and contribute significantly to national economies:

The Conference is held in Edinburgh, from 9-12 April 2018, organized by the Scottish Government, in close collaboration with the Scottish Enterprise and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The event is also supported by the European Commission and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom.

Registration closes on 30 March 2018

What’s Happening In Europe?


ENRD Seminar on ‘Smart Villages’

This ENRD Seminar – under the heading ‘Smart Villages: Revitalising Rural Services through Social and Digital Innovation’ – is organised within the framework of the EU Action for Smart Villages.

Date: 22/05/2018 – 09:00; Location: Brussels,Belgium


Rural Development: Have your Say!

A three-month public consultation on the performance of the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) was launched on 22 January 2018 by the European Commission’s DG AGRI.


LEADER: Putting Simplification into Practice 

A recent ENRD workshop (6 February 2018 – Brussels, Belgium) discussed how LEADER/CLLD implementation can be simplified in the current programming period and possible simplification priorities for the future.


Resources on Innovative Land Management

Browse through a set of case studies and a toolkit providing guidance and tips to farmers and foresters on how to build a successful collective initiative that increases the environmental and social benefits from land management.


Additional and Innovative Products from European Forests

What do truffles, cork and woodland eggs and poultry have in common? They all are products from European forests.

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Wales Rural Network News provides a round-up of news, information and networking opportunities relating to the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It helps to facilitate the sharing of common issues and examples of good practice within Wales, the UK and Europe. If you have items to contribute which are related to rural development in Wales, please contact Ruralnetwork@gov.wales

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