Cynnal y Cardi in search for new community led ideas

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Cynnal y Cardi is offering the opportunity for rural communities to come forward with innovative community led project ideas to build on the strengths and assets of Ceredigion.

Helping the environment and reducing everyday living costs or providing better access to local services by using digital technology are just a couple of ideas that could be explored and supported.

Cynnal y Cardi, which is administered by Ceredigion County Council, has a number of topic areas where ideas are being sought under the LEADER scheme – all of which are detailed here. All ideas are welcome – big or small – and on a rolling basis, with Monday, 20th March 2017 being the first closing date for submitting full applications.

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John Davies, Chair of the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group at Theatr Felinfach.

At the recent Cynnal y Cardi ‘Making the most of your rural community’ showcase event in Felinfach, a number of ideas and thoughts were discussed including the importance the role the younger generation plays in the future of Ceredigion’s rural communities. This was echoed in young entrepreneur, Helen Howells’ thought-provoking talk on her perspective of the changing rural landscape. Ideas relating to this topic would also be welcomed by Cynnal y Cardi, helping young people develop the relevant skills and to maximise their potential in what can be a challenging economic environment.

John Davies, Chair of the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group and who chaired the event said: “It is imperative that we encourage our young people to remain in the county, but we can only do this through nurturing and sustaining our communities at a grass roots level and making them a more productive and appealing place to live and work.”

The ‘Community Leadership Academy’ project is an example of how LEADER can support young people in rural communities and was one of the projects showcased at the event. The project, which is managed by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion, offers bilingual leadership skills training to young people.

Mr Davies continued: “Skills training, networking, researching and piloting new ideas can all be supported under the scheme so we really need to underpin the good ideas that I’m sure are out there within our rural communities.”

LEADER which aims to support innovative responses to opportunities or challenges faced by rural communities is supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Cynnal y Cardi would like to hear from rural communities who would like to support their rural area. For further topic areas, please call the team on 01545 572063.

The closing dates in 2017 for submitting full applications are:

20 March; 19 June; 4 September; and 11 December.

All submissions are welcome in Welsh or English.