Rural communities refer to areas in a country which are less densely populated, outside the cities and towns, as well as to remote rural areas which are often farm lands, woodland forests, plains, deserts, and prairies with few buildings and habitants living far apart from each another.
Rural communities present several challenges in different sectors such as tourism, mobility, education, farming, energy, security and healthcare. The issues faced by residents of rural communities are very different than those in urban areas due to a lack of access to main infrastructure. These many challenges of rural communities receive more attention in both regional and national strategies to support their development.
This is a multiple Kick-Start call organised in the following sub-thematic calls:
Life of Communities: Education & Health
Opening 19 March 2020
Closing 4 May 2020
Business Opportunities: Mobility & Tourism
Opening 4 May 2020
Closing 12 June 2020
Safety & Security
Opening 15 June 2020
Closing 24 July 2020
Management of resources: Utilities & Natural Resources
Opening 24 July 2020
Closing 18 September 2020
More information available here. https://business.esa.int/funding/invitation-to-tender/connected-rural-communities
Education & Health 27 February & 10 March 2020.
Published on: 14 February 2020
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