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EU funds 2014–2020

Through the 2014–2020 European programmes, Wales is benefiting from around £400m of EU investment in the Welsh economy each year.

EU funds present many opportunities for organisations across the public, private and third sectors to help create sustainable jobs and boost economic growth in Wales.

The following European Structural and Investment funds, as well direct payments to farm businesses, are worth nearly £2.8bn of EU funds and are delivered in partnership through the Welsh Government. Together with match funding from Welsh Government, other public, third and private sectors, the EU funding programmes will generate £4bn of investment in the Welsh economy:

Other EU funds programmes

Other EU funds totalling £110bn are available in Wales. Find out more about the funds and how you can apply for them.

  • Horizon 2020 (external link) – promotes research and innovation by helping higher education and business to take their breakthrough discoveries from the lab to the market. Application support is available through SCoRE Cymru and the WEFO Horizon 2020 Unit.
  • COSME (external link) – help to improve the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, by supporting them with better access to finance and markets.
  • Erasmus+ (external link) – funding for education, training and youth focussing on international study, work, training, teaching and volunteering opportunities. Sport funding focusses on co-operation and activities in grassroots sport.
  • Creative Europe (external link) – supports the cultural and creative sectors, enabling them to reach new audiences, develop skills for the digital age and safeguard cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Connecting Europe Facility (external link) – supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the energy, telecommunications and transport fields.
  • LIFE (external link) – funding for nature, biodiversity, conservation, environmental and climate change projects.
  • EaSI (external link) – funding to promote social innovation and social policy experimentation, employment services and labour mobility, support for microcredit providers and access to finance for Social Enterprises.
European Social Fund (external link) – helps increase skills and employment, tackle economic inactivity and poverty, and provide support for young people.