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Guidance for organisations applying for EU funds 2014-2020.

We are open for business and are continuing to assess and approve applications for EU Structural Funds.

If you would like to lead on the delivery of an EU project, there are 2 stages to the application process outlined below:

Before you apply for funding, it is important you read the documents in the guidance section of these web pages, as any project proposal will need to show that their proposal delivers against the objectives and targets of the relevant regional programme. This determines whether activity is eligible for support.

A project proposal must also demonstrate how it will meet other requirements including the cross-cutting Themes, monitoring and evaluation, audit, and publicity.  

The Pre-Planning Stage

This covers the early stage of the contact with us, and precedes an invitation to enter into the formal appraisal process and to complete a business plan. It involves completion of an Operation Logic Table for us to undertake an early view on whether your project is eligible for funding. As part of this process, we will:

  • respond, and where appropriate, arrange to meet with prospective applicants; 
  • ask you to complete an Operation Logic Table (OLT), a form which helps us to understand how and what your project will deliver; 
  • decide whether your project could be suitable for EU funding.

It is important you also read and understand the relevant Operational Programmes (West, North Wales and the Valleys and East Wales) and Economic Prioritisation Framework before you complete the OLT.

For full details please read the document Applying for EU funding – Part 1: the Pre-Planning Stage. 

The Business Planning Stage

If your project fits the EU funding criteria set out in the Pre-Planning Stage, we will invite your project into the Business Planning Stage. You will start to develop your business plan and your project proposal will be formally assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Strategic Fit 
  • Delivery
  • Financial and Compliance 
  • Management of Operation 
  • Indicators and Outcomes 
  • Value for Money 
  • Long Term Sustainability 
  • Cross Cutting Themes 
  • Suitability of Investment

For full details please read the document Applying for EU Funding – Part 2: The Business Planning Stage.

This document also describes a pre-delivery phase known as the ‘mobilisation phase’, which can follow the funding approval for a project. The mobilisation phase is designed to allow organisations a period of time to ensure everything is in place prior to project delivery, and can include monitoring project milestones such as recruitment, procurement, State aid etc.

Regional Engagement Teams

As well as our support, four Regional Engagement Teams have been set up to help potential sponsors develop EU funding proposals which can help meet existing and future opportunities and investments at regional levels.

The RETs work with a range of partnerships, including the City Regions Boards, North Wales Economic Ambition Board and Regional Skills Partnerships.

Regional Engagement Teams contacts

North Wales

Carwyn Jones-Evans:
carwyn.jones-evans@conwy.gov.uk      

Mid Wales 

Mike Shaw:
mike.shaw@ceredigion.gov.uk   
Claire Miles:
claire.miles@ceredigion.gov.uk

South East

Lisa Jones:
Lisa.Jones@bridgend.gov.uk      

Swansea Bay 

Jane Lewis: JELewis@carmarthenshire.gov.uk