11:43am Tuesday 5th June 2012
Dear Editor:- Rural communities in Wales are being offered grants of up to £50,000 to start up community business ventures that will breathe new life into their areas.
The money is from Big Lottery Fund’s Village SOS scheme, which aims to inspire a rural revival across the UK and support rural communities that may be struggling with issues such as isolation, ageing populations, and the closure of local amenities.
The grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to help rural communities with less than 3,000 people develop plans for enterprising projects that will answer a local need or improve services for local people. Projects could be anything from community-run shops and pubs to energy or transport schemes, craft or food projects.
People can register at HYPERLINK "http://www.villagesos.org.uk" www.villagesos.org.uk where they will find more information and advice about community enterprises, including an online support network. The deadline for application forms, which can be downloaded after registration, is 2pm on September, 12th 2012.
John Rose Wales Director Big Lottery Fund
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