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European Structural Funds 2014-2020

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Between 2007-2013 Wales benefitted from £1.8bn of EU Funds to support growth and jobs.
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Between 2014–2020, Wales will benefit from around £1.8bn European Structural Funds investment.

The EU Structural Funds help support people into work and training, youth employment, research and innovation, business (SMEs) competitiveness, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and connectivity and urban development. 

Together with match funding, the funds will drive a total investment of at least £2.7bn across Wales. 

We are open for business, and for further information on EU funds or how to benefit / apply please contact us: enquiries-wefo@wales.gsi.gov.uk  

Regional Programmes

EU Structural Funds in Wales  support the following regional programmes:

  • West, North Wales and the Valleys – covering 15 local authority areas in North and West Wales and the Valleys
  • East Wales – covering local authority areas in East Wales

How you can benefit from EU funds

There are many ways in which you as an organisation or you as an individual can benefit from EU funds:

Lead the delivery of a project

We are looking for businesses, Higher Education and Further Education, third and public sector organisations to lead the delivery of EU projectsin the following investment areas:

  • Research and innovation  SME competitiveness 
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency Connectivity and sustainable urban development 
  • Tackling poverty through sustainable Skills for growth Youth employment and attainment  

Further details on these investment areas are available in the Operational Programmes.  The Economic Prioritisation Framework has also been developed to help ensure each EU funding proposal adds something new and valuable to existing regional and/or thematicinvestments.

If you are interested in applying for EU funds, it is important you read these and other documents in our guidance section.  

Deliver an activity of an EU project

If leading a project is not for you, you can still benefit from EU funds by tendering or bidding to deliver the activities of EU projects.

For example, organisations won over £1.1bn in contracts to deliver EU projects supported by the Structural Funds programmes 2007–2013, with businesses winning contracts worth £680m, the third sector £190m and the public sector £270m.

Visit the Sell2Wales (external link) website for further information.

Benefit from an EU project delivering in your area

EU projects are supporting businesses and individuals in your area. Each project will have its own application or support process so you will need to contact the organisation directly for further information.  

  • Support for your business - EU funds are supporting schemes which can help you start, run or grow your business For example Business Wales (external link) and Finance Wales (external link).
  • Support for your employees / apprentices - As an employer, if you’re looking to recruit an apprentice you can find out  about training and apprenticeship opportunities in Wales by calling 0845 60 661 60 or email: businessskillshotline@wales.gsi.gov.uk. See Apprenticeships schemes, Jobs Growth Wales (external link), Go Wales (external link)  and Lifelong Learning programmes including ERASMUS (external link)
  • Support for your training, career or studying ambitions - Whether you’re a student or have finished school or college, or you’re in or looking for work, there are many EU-funded schemes that can help you with your training and career prospects, including studying abroad. See Apprenticeships schemes, Jobs Growth Wales (external link), Go Wales (external link)  and Lifelong Learning programmes including ERASMUS (external link)

EU Funding Ambassadors in Wales

EU Funding Ambassadors for Wales, Dr Grahame Guilford, Dr Hywel Ceri Jones, and Gaynor Richards MBE, were appointed to look at opportunities to promote and maximise the funding available from EU programmes managed directly by the European Commission. The Ambassadors’ final report, Europe Matters to Wales, was published in March 2016.