New programme to support the regeneration of rural Carmarthenshire to be launched


A new programme to support the regeneration of rural Carmarthenshire is to be launched in the county.
The programme will be administered by Carmarthenshire County Council on behalf of the Grŵp Cefn Gwlad Local Action Group.
The LEADER programme is designed to get local people, businesses and communities involved in delivering sustainable, innovative solutions to address some of the economic, social and environmental challenges facing rural Carmarthenshire.
Grŵp Cefn Gwlad has responsibility for rural regeneration and has developed a strategy which will provide a framework for LEADER activity within the county.
The types of projects that may be funded include pilot projects - small scale and time limited activities aimed at testing out a concept or to try an innovative technique; feasibility studies to undertake research into a specific issue or problem; and facilitation and mentoring support to organisations and groups to help develop their skills and expertise.
The council’s executive board member for regeneration and leisure Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “Through the LEADER programme the people living and working in rural Carmarthenshire have the chance to use their knowledge and experience to help tackle the issues facing their area.”
Council Assistant Chief Executive and Chair of the Grwp Cefn Gwlad Local Action Group Wendy Walters said: “The LEADER programme provides a fantastic opportunity to trial and test new ways of working for the benefit of the rural economy and local people.”
In order to qualify for LEADER funding applicants must be located in the following rural areas: Abergwili, Carmarthen Town North, Carmarthen Town South, Carmarthen Town West, Cenarth, Cilycwm, Cynwyl Elfed, Cynwyl Gaeo, Garnant, Glanamman, Glyn, Gorslas, Hendy, Kidwelly, Laugharne Township, Llanboidy, Llanddarog, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanfihangel Aberbythych, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, Llangadog, Llangeler, Llangunnor, Llangyndeyrn, Llannon, Llansteffan, Llanybydder, Manordeilo and Salem, Pembrey, Pontyberem, Quarter Bach, St. Clears, St. Ishmael, Trelech, Trimsaran, and Whitland.
If you have an innovative idea or for further information please contact the RDP Team on 01267 242431/394; email RDPsirgar@sirgar.gov.uk or visit the website www.wwec.org.uk

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