Strengthening regional identity with creative projects – state funding for rural development

(22. November 2021) Munich – Regardless of whether a “Bücherheisla” or a pavilion with information on regional foods under the motto “Derf’s a weng more?” – the names of many small projects in rural areas show how they strengthen regional identity. Such small projects will be funded again in the coming year. As Michaela Kaniber, the agricultural minister responsible for rural development, announced in Munich, on the one hand, they can again be funded through the so-called “regional budget”, and from 2022 there will be money from a new “eco-projects framework”. “Such small projects in particular underline the special features and individuality of the respective region. They are supported by committed citizens in rural areas. We want to support this commitment for the homeland with the two funds. I am also looking forward to many exciting and innovative projects in 2022, ”said the minister.

The regional budget is available again for all integrated rural development (ILE) associations. The municipal alliances can now apply for funding in the coming year. This year, grants of more than 9.5 million euros for the implementation of well over 1,000 small projects were approved for 106 integrated rural development associations. In the coming year, for the first time, a comparable instrument will be available for the 27 Bavarian eco-model regions with the “Eco-Projects” framework. This enables targeted small-scale projects to be implemented that strengthen the regional organic farming and food industry and bio-regional economic cycles. Applications for both funding pools must be submitted to the responsible office for rural development by December 31, 2021. The regions then decide on their own responsibility for funding the individual small projects. Further information is also available at www.stmelf.bayern.de/foerderwegweiser.