Reducing the cost of renovation works for households lacking essential energy services by bringing together local resources, including people’s skills and time. This is the winning initiative of the 2019 Rural Inspiration Awards in the 'Social Inclusion' category.
Projects & Practice
The Rural Broadband project is a national intervention to close the digital divide in remote and sparsely populated rural ‘white areas’.
Turning an abandoned park area and its gardens into a community hub to create opportunities for social interaction, training and employment.
A LEADER measure grant helped purchase film and photography equipment and training for a rural arts festival community project.
A bottom-up project that mobilised the inhabitants of a small town to create their own development plan.
A small community invested in creating a multifunctional sports field to stimulate growth and increase the attractiveness of the area.
Five districts in the north of Hesse joined forces to provide fast internet access in a region where no privately financed investment was covering the existing digital divide.
A LEADER funded project to expand and upgrade the current transmission network on the small island of Samsø.
A community broadband initiative delivered fast broadband access to hundreds of residents in a sparsely populated region of Kuhmo in eastern Finland.
In Sweden, local non-profit associations, encouraged and supported by the public sector, are carrying out the building of broadband infrastructure in the countryside.