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Guidance for organisations applying for EU funds 2014-2020.
For enquiries on the European Structural Funds in Wales and WEFO Online, please contact the helpline during business hours of 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday on: 0845 010 3355 or enquiries-wefo@wales.gsi.gov.uk
EU investment of nearly £1.8bn is available to Wales for 2014-2020.

EU funding will support economic growth and jobs through investments in research and innovation, business finance and competitiveness, ICT and transport connectivity, renewable energy and energy efficiency, helping people into work and increasing skills, and support for young people.

Apply to 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 projects.

Details are available in the West Wales and the Valleys and East Wales programmes which cover EU funding opportunities in the following investment areas:

  • Research and innovation – Increase research funding for Wales’ research institutions and increase RD&I by Welsh businesses.
  • SME competitiveness – Increase the number, size, survival, and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency – Increase the use of small scale renewable energy, contribute to development of the marine energy sector and improve energy efficiency in housing.
  • Connectivity and sustainable urban development – Improve transport connectivity and accessibility by addressing specific bottlenecks and public transport in rural areas.
  • Tackling poverty through sustainable employment – Reduce unemployment and economic inactivity. Increase social inclusion through sustainable employment.
  • Skills for growth – Increase the skills levels of the employed workforce and reduce the gender pay gap.
  • Youth employment and attainment – Increase youth employment and employability of young people.

The Economic Prioritisation Framework will help guide the use of EU funds by identifying thematic or geographical investments.

View our list of approved projects and projects in development.

An online check-list (external website) is available to help identify the most appropriate funding sources.

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 £1.1 bn 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 website for further information.

Benefit directly from an EU funded project in your area

Businesses and individuals can benefit from many EU projects delivering 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, including those which offer support for finance, innovation, international trade, superfast broadband, and / or advice to specific sectors such as energy and the environment, ICT, construction, creative industries, tourism, food and farming.

Below are just some of many examples:

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

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.

To find out more about apprenticeships please call Careers Wales on 0800 028 4844 or visit the Careers Wales website.

For further information or advice or to tell us about your project idea, complete contact us: enquiries-wefo@wales.gsi.gov.uk