The Wales Rural Network Support Unit (WRNSU) supports a forum to promote the exchange of expertise in rural development. WRNSU is open to anyone interested in rural development or involved with the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the schemes it funds.


The LEADER Scheme can be a useful socio-economic tool in both the immediate response to the emergency in rural areas and the longer-term recovery process. Welsh Local Action Groups (LAGs) have identified immediate priorities on the ground.

Part of the Welsh Government, the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) manages the delivery of the European Structural Funds Programmes in Wales.

The latest guidance; news; updates and advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in one place.

Miller Research will be undertaking the evaluation through a number of channels and platforms over a 12 week period culminating with a final report on 23 November.

Written statement from Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs:

Today I am announcing over £106 million of investment in our rural economy over the next three years. This will include a range of schemes which will support a number of Welsh Government priorities including:

Wales Rural Network

News, events and case studies

Case study of the Month: EIP WALES – bringing practical and scientific backgrounds together to benefit the wider industry
Case study of the Month: EIP WALES – bringing practical and scientific backgrou…

Since it first launched in 2016, EIP Wales has enabled more than 200 individuals working at the grass roots level of the agricultural industry to benefit from the latest technologies and scientific outcomes from academic and scientific experts throughout the world. EIP Wales is delivered by Menter a Busnes.

Rural Development Programme 2014 to 2020: application dates
Rural Development Programme 2014 to 2020: application dates

Click here to see a list of the current Rural Development Programme 2014 to 2020 schemes that are open

A statement to our stakeholders on the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of Welsh Government’s response to COVID-19, the priorities of the Wales Rural Network will be changing slightly to reflect the changed needs of you, our stakeholders, during this unprecedented situation.

RPW update 04/04/2020

Latest update on RPW services affected by the coronavirus.

General advice (updated 4th April)

Preparing Wales
Preparing Wales

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020

The UK is now in a transition period until December 2020. The transition period was agreed to allow the UK and the EU to agree a deal on their future relationship.

Farming Connect's Coronavirus (Covid-19) response
Farming Connect's Coronavirus (Covid-19) response

“Whatever concerns you have about your business, this is not the time to shoulder your worries in silence, we will find you an expert who will listen to you and provide the confidential guidance and support you need either over the phone or digitally,” is the message from Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which together with Lantra Wales, delivers. Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.