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EU funds in Wales

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EU funds are helping us to invest in these projects, and more..
Supporting rural communities and businesses, and ensuring that natural resources are used sustainably.
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Future of EU funds

We are continuing with the delivery of our EU funding programmes in Wales. We are continuing to consider, assess and approve applications for EU funds.
Read the following statements which respond to the result of the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union:

European Structural Funds

EU funds are supporting business, research and innovation, helping people into work, increasing skills, improving transport and digital networks, regenerating our communities, and enhancing our environment.

Common Agricultural Policy

EU funded activities which support farmers, the countryside and rural communities, providing around £200m a year in single farm payments to more than 16,000 farms in Wales. Full details are available

Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 

Supports businesses, farmers, the countryside, and communities in rural areas.  £957m programme financed through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development by the EU and Welsh Government. Full details are available.

European Maritime Fisheries Fund

EU funds support sustainable development within the fishing and aquaculture sectors and the conservation of the marine environment, alongside supporting growth and jobs in coastal communities. Full details are available.

Other EU funding programmes

  • Farming Connect and the Kite project (external link) – helps increase the competitiveness of farms and rural businesses and improve the quality of life for rural communities and the environment. £500m has been invested since 2007 
  • COSME (external link) – helps 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 focusing 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.

EU Funding Ambassadors in Wales

EU Funding Ambassadors for Wales, Dr Grahame Guilford, Dr Hywel Ceri Jones, and Gaynor Richards MBE help promote and maximise the opportunities presented by the EU programmes. They have engaged with key public, private and Third Sector stakeholders, and officials from the European Commission in their work. 
The Ambassadors’ Final Report builds on the proposals contained in their interim report published in December 2015.

Haven’t found the funding programme you were looking for?

An online check-list (external link) is available to help you narrow down EU Funds that could be available for the type of investment you have in mind.