Importance The article investigates foreign and domestic experience in support to local incentives of rural residents on sustainable development of rural areas, including the preservation of historical memory of places of residence and cultural heritage. Objectives The aim is to present the experience in using the grant support to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of Russian rural settlements. Methods In the study, we employ methods of logical and comparative analysis. Results The paper presents the experience of the Orel oblast in implementing grants for promotion of patriotism among students and preservation of historical heritage of rural settlements. It underpins the need for applying foreign experience in local initiatives implementation, shows the role of grant support to rural people's incentives for historical memory preservation. Conclusions In rural areas, the need for citizens who contribute to development of the territory of their residence is more important than in urban areas. This is due to depopulation, ageing of population, school closures, rural unemployment, underemployment, and other factors. Local initiatives have a great future, as they can improve the conditions for interaction of all participants in the social life of rural settlements.
Keywords: grant support, historical memory, rural settlement, cultural heritage, preservation
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