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Rural Futures is funded by the Big Lottery Fund in Wales (‘The Fund’) which set aside funding for a community development support programme. In spring 2017, Severn Wye Energy Agency and the BRO Partnership won grant support from The Fund to undertake the programme; it will support up to 30 selected communities in the eligible counties of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire to support local economic development and tackle poverty in their areas.

Rural Futures will support communities to address issues ranging from employment and income, transport and access to services, poor broadband and digital exclusion, housing and fuel poverty, and demand for welfare and advice services. Importantly, the aim is to support and enable people from within the communities themselves to identify solutions to the challenges they face, working to develop to the potential of their local assets. Intended outcomes include: