LEADER: Call for New and Innovative Project Ideas

LEADER: Call for New and Innovative Project Ideas

The LEADER programme, which aims to support the regeneration of rural Carmarthenshire, has opened a new call for Expressions of Interest.

LEADER is designed to get local people, businesses and communities involved in delivering sustainable, innovative solutions to address some of the economic, social and environmental challenges facing rural Carmarthenshire. The Local Action Group – Grŵp Cefn Gwlad is managing the LEADER programme in Carmarthenshire.

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.

The types of projects that may be funded include:

  • Pilot projects – small scale and time limited activities aimed at testing out a concept or to try an innovative technique. E.g. piloting new ways of delivering rural services using modern technology
  • Feasibility studies to undertake research into a specific issue or problem
  • Facilitation and mentoring support to organisations and groups to help develop their skills and expertise.

The programme can provide financial support of up to 80% towards a project’s costs.

Please see below an outline of the LDS objectives and LEADER priorities that we are seeking to address through this call.

The LAG can also support projects that cooperate with other geographical areas via inter-territorial or transnational working.

If you have an innovative idea to address any of the priorities within the above themes, please contact the RDP team on 01267 242431; email RDPsirgar@sirgar.gov.uk

The deadline for submission of the Expression of Interest is 16th March


2.1 Enhancing the resilience of indigenous employers. Ø  Test and pilot new ways of enhancing the resilience of rural businesses e.g. increasing access to market intelligence; facilitating supply chain developments and trailing access to alternative sources of funding for innovative projects such as crowd funding.


Ø  Facilitate, investigate and pilot innovative ways of engaging with clusters and key employers in mapping future investment and recruitment opportunities in their respective supply chains.


Ø  Pilot innovative mechanisms to match young people with future employment opportunities.


Ø  Investigate innovative ways of linking local food and tourism accommodation e.g. food hampers/local produce direct/local takeaway services etc.


Ø  Facilitating and piloting innovative ways of ensuring education and training is aligned to the needs of rural businesses.


Ø  To coordinate and trial shared apprenticeships in a specific sector, e.g. tourism.


Ø  Facilitate the development of formal and informal networks in relation to agriculture and forestry;


Ø  Facilitate, research and pilot the development of innovative products within the agricultural and forestry sectors through research, feasibility studies and facilitate, research and pilot ways to support supply chain developments in the horticulture and forestry sectors.


Ø  Pilot schemes adding value to local timber and schemes which facilitate short and local supply chains, particularly looking at opportunities to use welsh timber in construction.

2.4 Supporting people into work.


2.6 Ensuring education provision is aligned to and shaped by employer needs.


2.7 Strengthening links between SME’s and research facilities.
2.8 Increase the productivity, diversity and efficiency of agricultural and forestry businesses.





4.1 To maximise opportunities from greener energy.


Ø  Research into sustainable products linked to agriculture/forestry sectors;


Ø  Investigate the feasibility of on-farm renewable energy;


Ø  To facilitate access to energy efficiency support measures for residents in areas of fuel poverty.


Ø  To promote understanding of energy and the consequences of its inefficient use.


Ø  Investigate, research and pilot innovative ways of ensuring Carmarthenshire is able to maximise the opportunities available from advances in greener energy, e.g. District heating networks,

4.2 Increase the productivity, diversity and efficiency of agricultural and forestry businesses.
5.1 Ensuring access to services within rural areas by developing new approaches to service delivery and supporting social enterprise development. Ø  Facilitate and pilot innovative ways of addressing digital exclusion and ensuring public ICT access points.


Ø  Increasing digital skills and awareness whilst aiming to embed new ways of working; e.g. health related engagement, digital volunteering or intergenerational support.


Ø  Investigate and pilot means of ensuring businesses are able to capitalise from the benefits arising from the availability of superfast broadband.