What is it?
Local Action is one of the mechanisms for delivering the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The funding comes from the EU and DEFRA via the South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA). The Forest of Dean Local Strategic Partnership was originally successful in pulling together a range of partners to secure £2.6 million worth of funding. The Local Action Group (LAG) was subsequently established to manage and deliver the programme which will provide funding for rural development projects in the Forest of Dean, up until the end of 2013. The funding programme is now open and we are actively looking for partners to deliver valuable projects and services.

The Forest of Dean Local Strategic Partnership and Transition Forest of Dean originally submitted two separate expressions of interest into the RDPE Programme. However, following feedback from SWRDA, both parties started working together to develop a single bid. This resulted in a full submission into RDPE entitled “Securing the Future for the Forest of Dean”. The Forest of Dean District Council has been appointed as the Accountable body (on behalf of the LAG) and plays an important role in bankrolling the programme, whilst also acting as the legal entity and providing support more generally.

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