“Cynnal y Cardi: Enabling Rural Economic Innovation”

The Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group has been successful in securing over £3 million for delivering innovative rural initiatives until 2020 in Ceredigion.

During 2014 a consultation was undertaken to develop a Local Development Strategy, which was submitted and agreed by Welsh Government. Responses were sought from local residents, businesses, communities and organisations on what the main challenges are for Ceredigion’s rural communities in order that the Local Action Group, through implementation of the LEADER programme, can support a strong, sustainable rural economy. The LEADER programme began in Ceredigion in autumn 2015.

LEADER aims to improve the quality of life in rural areas by applying a very specific method of working, which includes the engagement, capacity building, participation and mentoring of individuals, businesses, community and voluntary groups. It looks to engage grass roots communities to encourage the generation of innovative ways to sustain the rural economy through investigating, trialling and piloting activity.

The Cynnal y Cardi Local Development Strategy has identified a number of priorities as set out within the five LEADER themes. Any LEADER activity must deliver under at least one of these and adhere to the key LEADER principles. The Local Action Group will have a key role in implementing activity but they are also seeking your ideas. Follow this link for further details on submitting your idea.

This project has received funding 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 in Ceredigion