£4m Funding Available

(May 2009)

Rural Flintshire has been awarded nearly £4 million to launch a series of regeneration projects – many of them aimed at boosting visitors to the area. Tourism operators and community groups are being urged to get involved and share their ideas on how to create a more buoyant local economy and a better quality of life for residents in rural areas.

No fewer than five of the 12 projects supported by Flintshire’s Rural Development Plan focus on tourism. They include a free mentoring service for tourism businesses, a project to foster a “sense of place” in rural areas, support for cultural events, community heritage initiatives and help with pilot projects to develop "green tourism".

Together these projects, approved by the Welsh Assembly Government and backed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, amount to a £2 million campaign to attract more visitors to rural Flintshire. The key will be encouraging local businesses to work together.

Funding is available to groups in designated rural areas who are prepared to pay around 20% of the costs themselves. All the tourism schemes are being run by either Cadwyn Clwyd or Flintshire County Council.

"These projects represent a massive opportunity for local tourism businesses," said David Evans, tourism manager for Flintshire County Council. "We would urge them to find out more, see if they are eligible for support and work together to secure funding for their ideas."

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