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

Food Business Investment Scheme

Support for investments in processing/marketing and/or development of agricultural products.

Food Business Investment Scheme (FBIS) is designed to help primary producers of agricultural products and businesses that do first and/or second stage processing activities in Wales.

Farm Business Grant (FBG) Application Form: Online now!

Expression of Interest Window closes 30 June 2017

The Farm Business Grant (FBG) is an important element of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It is designed to help farmers in Wales to improve the economic and environmental performance of their agricultural holdings.

List of EOI Scheme Windows

Current table of planned Expression of Interest Windows and future dates.


Glastir Woodland Restoration

Expression of Interest Window closes 30 June 2017

The area eligible for funding under Glastir Woodland Restoration will be equivalent to twice the area of larch identified on the Statutory Plant Health Notice or felling licence.


Tourism Amenity Investment Support (TAIS)

TAIS is an investment fund targeting amenity projects in the tourism sector in Wales. Support of between £25,000 and £128,000 will be considered.

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.

Other News from Wales

A £2 Million Timber Processing Operation

A Welsh farming family who created a £2 million timber processing operation with guidance and support from Farming Connect say exciting opportunities exist in this sector for farmers seeking to generate a sustainable income for their businesses.

Farming Connect’s Management Exchange Programme – recruiting now!

The application window is currently open for our Management Exchange Programme. We are looking for focused and ambitious farmers and foresters who are keen to broaden their horizons by taking part in an exchange visit to other European member states and/or hosting a foreign exchange farmer or forester on your holding. If selected, your visit could be fully-funded up to a maximum of £4,000.

Cohousing…What’s it all about?

PLANED in partnership with Arwain Sir Benfro, Pembrokeshire’s LEADER programme, invited people interested to learn more about cohousing to a Cohousing community called Springhill in Stroud on May 13th.

Community Mapping Pilot

We have been working with the communities of St Athan, Wenvoe and Rhoose to pilot new ways of community mapping. We have summarised our research and resources in a handy toolkit.

Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Wales) Regulations 2017

Following public consultation on the review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Wales) Regulations 2007, the amended EIA Regulations came in to force on 16 May 2017. The new Regulations provide more clarity on key definitions and streamline some of the regulatory requirements.

Post-Brexit Red Meat Trade to be a Hot Topic at Farmer Meetings

With the future of Welsh lamb and beef exports being a major talking point in discussions on the impact of Brexit, Farming Connect and HCC are working together in a drive to help the industry adjust to new trading realities.

Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd – Corwen Central Station Project

The Llangollen Railway Trust has been awarded grant aid of £128k in respect of the work to build an island platform at the Corwen Central station site where a volunteer work force, aided by contractors, has re-engineered the disused railway embankment to accommodate a new terminal facility.

Menter Moch Cymru Puts Pork From Wales Firmly on the Menu

A new initiative to support and develop the pig sector in Wales – Menter Moch Cymru

Through a multi-pronged campaign, Menter Moch Cymru, is working with all sectors of the supply chain to develop a more sustainable, profitable and robust pig industry in Wales and by doing so, aims to increase the pig herd by 10%.

What's Happening in the UK?

Received Funding from the Big Lottery?

We want you to be as flexible and creative as possible with using your grant money. However, you do need to publicly announce your funding award.

Rural Business Conference 2017

Redefining Farming – 28 November 2017 – Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster

The CLA’s (Country Land & Business Association) second Rural Business Conference, titled Redefining Farming, will bring together rural businesses, policy makers and industry influencers at the heart of London.

Rural Conference 2017

5 & 6 September 2017 – Park Campus, Cheltenham

The Infrastructure of Success – New Routes for Economic Growth.

Key note speakers and workshops, conference programme is online now, plus book before 16 June and receive an early bird discount

What's Happening in Europe?

7th Rural Networks’ Steering Group Meeting

The seventh meeting of the European Rural Networks’ Steering Group (SG) focused on networks’ planned activities and how these contribute to the Cork 2.0 Action Plan.

In particular, the meeting discussed and proposed ideas for developing the 2017-2018 activities of the ENRD and EIP-AGRI networks.

European Territorial Co-operation programmes 2014-2020

The European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) programme 2014-2020 provides opportunities for regions in the EU to work together to address common social, economic and environmental challenges.

Young Farmers, Have Your Say!

Young farmers are encouraged to help identify the main needs and issues affecting their ability to build a sustainable agricultural sector – by filling in CEJA’s short EU-wide survey.

Rural Businesses – Smart and Competitive Rural Areas

‘Rural Businesses’ is the current sub-theme of ENRD thematic work on ‘Smart and Competitive Rural Areas’.

A Thematic Group (TG) will be working on this topic from September 2016 to July 2017. The focus of the TG is on how to promote competitive and economically resilient clusters of rural businesses, which build on rural assets and create jobs.

4th European Award for Cooperative Innovation

The “European Award for Cooperative Innovation” is a Cogeca initiative that aims to recognise and promote practices and innovative solutions designed by European agri-cooperatives, and share, within the sector and with policy makers, the achievements in the agri-food chain, as well as the innovative ways to create value for their members.

Minister Announces Selection of 22 Projects for the Next Phase of The European Innovation Partnerships Initiative

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today announced the results of a competitive process to select proposals to proceed to Round 2 of the European Innovation Partnerships Initiative (EIP).