The Coast, Wolds, Wetlands & Waterways Local Action Group (LAG) is part of a wider LEADER programme and is responsible for developing a LEADER approach across most of the Rural East Riding and adjacent parishes in North Yorkshire.
The Coast, Wolds, Wetlands & Waterways (CWWW) LAG chose the key theme of Rural Heritage & Culture and the key activities of the project are:
·         Landscape (natural, cultural & biodiversity)
·         Built heritage
·         Customs and traditions
·         Arts & creative industries
·         Place based/sense of pride – economic rural activities.
These include a range of initiatives to encourage innovation, enterprise and skills building so that community capacity is strengthened for the long term.
A Capacity Building project was commissioned by the LAG and is an essential element to enable the planned programme of rural activity to be developed and delivered in line with the CWWW Local Development Strategy (LDS).
The Capacity Building Officer, employed by RAY provides training and capacity building support to the Local Action Group, supports applicants for funding and helps  to develop funded project activity. 

Read more about the programme.   There are Case Studies of funded projects and an interactive map which showcases projects in North Yorkshire.

You can also download a booklet that was produced to mark the end of the LEADER project using the link at the bottom of the page.

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As we approach the next round of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), starting in 2015, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a new set of resources on the next round of funding and arrangements for the current transition year.

The Government has published initial details of how the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funding schemes due to come into effect from 1 January 2015 will operate. CAP funding includes not just farming subsidy but also Rural Development Programme funding to protect the environment, invest in economic growth and support rural businesses and communities, including funding for the various Leader projects across the country.

The Yorkshire Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways LEADER programme, which distributed central Government and European funding to support a wide range of community projects in East Yorkshire and Ryedale from 2007 to 2013, is beginning the process of gathering the views of local parish councils, businesses, community groups and other interested parties to help plan for a potential new funding programme from 2015.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is consulting on the future of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Network, which provides information, funding advice and support to communities and projects tackling rural economic development and environmental protection issues. The consultation is open until Friday 29 November 2013.

The Yorkshire Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways LEADER project, which supported a wide variety of community projects in rural East Yorkshire and Ryedale, has published a celebratory booklet to mark the end of its latest funding period.

The Yorkshire and North East Rural Farming Network is inviting community groups from rural and farming communities across Yorkshire to a meeting with representatives from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to discuss the future of funding for rural development programmes.

Following the success of the CWWW LEADER supported Filey Food & Drink Festival in October 2012 the event was repeated on 1st & 2nd June 2013.

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