Rural Development Plan
The Rural Development Plan (RDP) is a 7 year funding programme designed to support the sustainable development of rural Wales. The RDP is funded from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and Welsh Government.
The Physical Regeneration team is involved in delivering the following programmes under the RDP:
Redundant Rural Building Grant
The Redundant Rural Buildings Grant is a capital grant to convert redundant buildings for business use within rural Carmarthenshire. We can provide grants of between £10,000 and £140,000 to eligible projects. Each project will be considered on how many jobs it creates and safeguards.
You are able to apply for up to £20,000 per job created or safeguarded up to a maximum 50% of the total project cost. We can provide grant assistance to your project if your business employs less than 10 people and has a turnover of less than £1.36m.
We are currently working alongside Agri Advisor Solicitors in Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire, on their own barn conversion. Their project is converting two redundant barns for use as a legal and mediation centre which will support the development of their business.
We have supported Little M’zzz, a children’s play centre, to set up in business. This project has converted the redundant Old church Hall in Llandysul for business use. This project completed in May 2013.
To find out if your project is eligible please contact the Redundant Rural Buildings Team on: (01267) 242 429
Commercial Property Enhancement Grants
The commercial property enhancement scheme supports businesses within the Laugharne Township that are looking to undertake improvements to their property frontages.
We are looking for projects that create and safeguard employment within the Laugharne Township while also enhancing the appearance of the local area. Where businesses employ less than 10 full time equivalent staff and have a turnover of less than £1.36 million per year.
Applicants must demonstrate need for assistance. Where such a case has been accepted, applicants can apply for up to 80% of the eligible project cost subject to a maximum grant of £15,000.
To find out if your project is eligible please contact the Commercial Property Enhancement Grant team on: (01267) 242 429
Supporting Farmers to Diversify
Carmarthenshire farmers can now benefit from a grant of up to £75,000 through the Supporting Farmers to Diversify scheme. The aim is to maintain and increase the income of farm households in rural Carmarthenshire by providing the capital needed to enable farming families to diversify into non agricultural activity - developing alternative sources of income and creating employment opportunities.
Capital grants at 50% of total project costs up to £75,000 are available from SFD for the conversion of redundant buildings, purchase of capital equipment and undertaking of capital works.
Here are just a couple examples of farming families we have helped so far:
Steve Merritt of Llwynycrychddod Farm, Llanpumsaint has been awarded a grant to develop a new Smallholding Training Centre for West Wales. The funds are for the conversion of a traditional stone and slate barn and purchase of essential equipment.
“Teaching sustainable rural skills gives us a business opportunity to help safeguard our family farm for the next generation. Only possible, thanks to the Supporting Farmers to Diversify Grant Scheme.”
Dewi and Val Edwards of Maesmoi Farm, Pumpsaint had an SFD grant for son Carwyn to diversify to a mobile welding service.
“The support we received from the SFD grant scheme has been central in enabling us to expand the farm business.” Carwyn Edwards
To find out if your project is eligible please contact the Supporting Farmers to Diversify Team on: (01267) 242334
Strengthening the Tourism Appeal of Rural Carmarthenshire
This grant scheme aims to strengthen Carmarthenshire’s position as a year round premier tourist destination via specific product development and promotion. The scheme is open to all micro-enterprises involved in the tourism industry across rural Carmarthenshire.
There are three grants available under this scheme:
• Meeting Changing Consumer Needs and Expectations
• Supporting Greener Tourism Business Practices and Initiatives
• Distinctive Rural Hubs
Penybanc Business Services & Welsh Green Weddings have benefitted from a bespoke Wedding Tipi made by local manufacturers. The Tipi has enabled them to promote their venue to larger groups for weddings, conferences and events.
A disused building in Llandovery town centre has been converted and fully refurbished into the Level Crossing Bunkhouse by a new Community Interest Company. They offer hostel style accommodation, training venue, and catering and hospitality courses linked in with the local colleges. This brilliant new business has provided a great facility for the rural hub as well as created local employment opportunities.
To put your details on our reserve list please contact the Strengthening the Tourism Appeal of Rural Carmarthenshire Team on: (01267) 242 396
Pendine Gateway Enhancement scheme
This environmental enhancement scheme commenced in April 2011 and completed in July 2011. It forms a part of a phased programme of projects to enhance Pendine’s role as a visitor destination and to improve pedestrian and cycle links between Llanmiloe and Pendine.
As well as the Gateway Enhancement scheme, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Physical Regeneration department was successful in its application for funding from the Green Sea programme for the design and construction of a promenade. The promenade runs from the Beach Hotel to the western end of the beach at Pendine. Works started in Autumn 2011 and completed in June 2013.
The Green Sea programme is designed to enhance the quality of the visitor experiences at eligible Welsh beaches through effective beach management addressing visitor management and conservation issues, and the provision/improvement of appropriate infrastructure or facilities. The Green Sea (Beach Improvement) Programme forms part of Visit Wales’ Environment for Growth (E4G) Coastal Tourism Project which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.