Millions to Rethink Rural Development

Millions to Rethink Rural Development






A £2.2m grant has been awarded today to the Carnegie UK Trust by the Big Lottery Fund to promote rural community development.


The award enables Carnegie to support a programme of research and strategic initiatives to help people shape and influence change in rural communities.  In March, Carnegie announced it was setting up a commission to secure a more coherent and sustained approach to the strengthening of the capacity of rural communities.


The Commission’s Kate Braithwaite explained: ‘For a long time people in rural communities have struggled on, trying to change policy in a disjointed way.


‘This is the first time that an investigation into the needs and issues of people who live in rural areas has been carried out so we hope it will be truly groundbreaking.’


‘The programme will influence rural regeneration strategies, maximise resources available to invest in RCD, increase evidence based findings to influence rural policy, increased networking and support for rural community development and sharing of ideas and best practice.’


Source: Third Force E-News