Last week, the launch of the Rural toolkit, an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and Joint Research Centre (JRC), in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI), took place.
As per their own definition, the Rural toolkit is the comprehensive guide to EU funding and support opportunities for rural areas in the European Union. By using it, local authorities, institutions and stakeholders, businesses and individuals are helped to identify and take advantage of existing EU funds, programmes and other funding and support initiatives. By fostering development in rural territories, the Rural toolkit is part of the long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas.
Apart from the so-called Funding-Finder, the toolkit offers an interactive map with realised projects as well as additional resources to grasp the full depth of the funding and search possibilities.
Rewatch the launch event, which began with an introduction by DG REGIO followed by a live demo of the platform. As for best practices, the projects Biovilla (Regenerative development in rural areas, Portugal) and Monti Dauni (Rural tourism for competitiveness, Italy) were showcased.