LEADER Themes

Page updated on: 08/08/2022

Theme 1: Adding value to local identity and natural and cultural resources

Key priorities

1.1 Supporting and developing the use of the Welsh language.

1.2 Developing and implementing a programme of investment to the area

Examples of projects that could be supported include;

  • Facilitate the development of formal and informal networks;
  • Identify innovative ways of interpreting Heritage and Culture;
  • Identify innovative ways of collecting annual data within tourism and Heritage and Cultural sectors;
  • Pilot ways of developing sense of place within rural communities;
  • Investigate and pilot innovative ways of ensuring financial sustainability of events;
  • Identify and pilot innovative ways to promote the economic value of the Welsh language as a marketing tool within different sectors such as tourism; new ways of increasing take up in the workplace & promotion of employment;

 

Theme 2: Facilitating pre-commercial development, business partnerships and short supply chains  

Key priorities

2.1 Enhancing the resilience of indigenous employers

2.2 To provide tailored business advice and support for retention and growth

2.3 Increasing job opportunities by supporting employment growth within indigenous business

2.4 Supporting people into work

2.5 Develop a more entrepreneurial culture

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

Examples of projects that could be supported include;

  • Pilot innovative mechanisms to match young people with future employment opportunities;
  • Investigate and pilot alternative, sustainable financial systems;
  • Investigate innovative ways of linking local food and tourism accommodation e.g. food hampers/local produce direct/local takeaway services etc;
  • Facilitating and piloting innovative ways of ensuring education and training is aligned to the needs of rural businesses;
  • To coordinate and trial shared apprenticeships in a specific sector, e.g. tourism;
  • Facilitate and pilot new ways of ensuring robust channels of communication and strong networks exist between business and academia;
  • Facilitate the development of formal and informal networks in relation to agriculture and forestry;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Investigate and pilot new ways of encouraging entrepreneurship/test trading;
  • 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;

 

Theme 3: Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services  

Key priorities 

3.1 Supporting People into work

3.2 Ensuring access to services within rural areas by developing new approaches to service delivery and supporting social enterprise development.

Examples of projects that could be supported include:

  • Investigate and pilot innovative ways of delivering affordable and bilingual childcare provision;
  • Investigate and pilot innovative ways of financing local service provision including volunteering;
  • Support new ways of providing non statutory service delivery;

 

Theme 4: Renewable energy at community level

Key activities 

4.1 To maximise opportunities from greener energy

4.2 Increase the productivity, diversity and efficiency of agricultural and forestry businesses.

Examples of projects that could be supported include:

  • Research into sustainable products linked to agriculture/forestry sectors e.g. bio fuels.
  • Feasibility of community and on farm renewable energy through research, feasibility studies, exchange visits and pilots.
  • Projects which facilitate access to energy efficiency support measures for communites in areas of fuel poverty.
  • Projects that utilise natural resources to deliver local solutions.

 

Theme 5: Exploitation of digital technology

Key activities

5.1 Ensuring access to services within rural areas by developing new approaches to service delivery and supporting social enterprise development

5.2 Supporting and encouraging greater take up and application of new technologies amongst SME’s

Examples of projects that could be supported include:

  • Piloting new approaches to deliver non-statutory service using new technologies.
  • Projects that trial new ways of increasing the take-up of digital technologies for businesses and communities.
  • Projects that facilitate and pilot innovative ways of addressing digital exclusion within rural communities and ensuring public access to digital technologies.