The Rural Development Plan for Wales is part of a European & Welsh Government Programme which aims to promote community development, improve competitiveness in the agriculture and forestry sector and safeguard and enhance the rural environment.

There are a number of elements to the Rural Programme including a community led programme called “The Rural Action Cwm Taf LEADER Programme”. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council administers the programme which covers specific areas in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Rural Cwm Taf Local Action Group will ensure the programme delivers projects identified as being most needed within rural communities under certain Welsh Government specified themes.

Funds are available for community projects in the following electoral divisions across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

  • Maerdy
  • Rhigos
  • Ynysybwl
  • Bedlinog
  • Cyfarthfa
  • Merthyr Vale
  • Plymouth
  • Treharris
  • Vaynor

Please see below our latest Local Development Strategy
RACT LEADER 2014-2020 LDS

This programme 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.

The Welsh Government has also launched a Rural Community Development Fund which groups/enterprises and organisations may apply for. Further information, guidance and application forms can be found on the Welsh Government Website.

If you require any further information about the Rural Programme, or would like to know how to be involved in the consultation process, please contact the Rural Action Co-ordinator: Ruralaction@merthyr.gov.uk  01685 727089.

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