The Thriving Rural Communities Scheme (TRC), which is funded under the European LEADER scheme, is a revenue programme for partnerships or groups to come together and commission joint pieces of work with us. It isn’t a grant scheme, but it is there to support projects to take place in your community.

We have a Local Development Strategy up to 2020 which identifies a number of priority actions for the area which the Local Action Group can take forward with this funding.

We are actively looking for your proposals as to how this should happen and invite you to submit an Expression of Interest, or simply to speak with a Reach officer, to let us know what you have in mind.

We aim to develop all project ideas in partnership and so will involve as many relevant partners as we can in that process, from developing the idea right through to its final delivery. This helps to ensure that the project is genuinely needed and generates a wider community benefit.

There is a consistent process in place to score all proposals fairly and transparently. Reach officers can help you navigate this but all guidance documents are available to download on our Toolkits and Information Packs.