The Support Team also played a vital role in the design of three Rural Development and two Community Development grant schemes as well as providing information, training and help to potential beneficiaries in the preparation of their applications. Target beneficiaries included rural communities, farmers, producer organisations, cooperatives, agri-food processors, small and medium-sized enterprises and eco-tourism operators, local action groups and non-governmental organisations.
Key tasks performed by the Support Team included an analysis of the rural sector and large-scale consultations of rural stakeholders. In addition, the Support Team drafted a provisional rural development plan and priority support measures to be implemented, as well as three “bottom-up” rural community local development strategies for the North West, the Karpaz and the Mesarya Areas using participatory approaches. The team contributed to the preparation of five grant scheme “Call for Proposals”, and information, while carrying out awareness and training activities for potential beneficiaries.