To support new and improved community infrastructure, providing essential community services and assets for local people to benefit the local economy. Successful applicants must use any grant funding on capital projects that create long lasting community assets, such as a building or equipment for community benefit. The intention is to strengthen the social fabric of communities, building pride in place by improving local community infrastructure, creating opportunities for social connections to develop and thrive. Projects must be in a rural area e.g. towns, villages and hamlets with populations below 10,000, or market or ‘hub towns’ with populations of up to 30,000 that serve their surrounding rural areas as centres of employment and in providing services.