Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED – has recently provided funding to Transition Bro Gwaun (TBG) through the LEADER programme.
Transition Bro Gwaun (TBG) aims to realise the first community owned/led tidal flow project in Wales. The proposal would consist of a single device or a small array of tidal turbines deployed at Strumble Head near Fishguard. This supports TBG’s aims to mitigate the community’s impact on Climate Change providing sustainable and secure energy, whilst also bringing financial benefits for both local investors and community initiatives.
Development of a community tidal flow device will be an exemplar of best practice and provide a working demonstration of how tidal technology can deliver not only environmental benefit but wider community benefits too. It will provide a blueprint for other communities across our coastline to utilise marine energy as a resource for future resilience.
This is just one example of the great projects being delivered in the county. PLANED, now celebrating its 30th year, has helped communities in Pembrokeshire to access over £25m worth of funding during that time.
Arwain Sir Benfro is currently inviting submissions of project ideas from local community groups, organisations or businesses. Cris Tomos, Animation & Impact Officer, says:
“To date Arwain Sir Benfro have funded projects amounting to £1.6m and there is further funding and support available now.”
“If you have an innovative idea that could benefit your community, you may be able to get funding from the LEADER programme and we would love to hear from you.”
LEADER can support all kinds of activity: mentoring, training, feasibility studies or pilot projects that test an innovative new idea. It could also be used for projects that improve local skills, make better use of a local resource or realise the economic potential of part of the locality leading to a ‘new’ outcome or product.
Further information about LEADER, which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, financed by the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) or Arwain Sir Benfro can be found at www.arwainsirbenfro.cymru.
If you have an idea, or would like further details on how to apply, please contact Jess or Cris at PLANED on 01834 860965 [email protected]