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How you can benefit from EU funds

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There are many ways you can benefit as an individual or as an organisation from EU Structural Funds

For information on EU funds and how to benefit or apply you can contact us: Enquiries-WEFO@gov.wales

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 in the following areas:
  • research and innovation, and SME competitiveness
  • renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • connectivity and sustainable urban development
  • tackling poverty through sustainable employment 
  • skills for growth
  • youth employment and attainment

Further details on these investment areas are available in our regional Operational Programmes (East Wales and West, North Wales and the Valleys). 

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 thematic investments.

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.

Businesses and public and third sector organisations won over £1.1bn in contracts to deliver EU projects supported by the Structural Funds programmes 2007–2013.

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 scheme / 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 the Development Bank of 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) 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: Achieve through Work Experience (external link) and Lifelong Learning programmes including ERASMUS (external link)

Other EU funding opportunities

In addition to the Structural Funds, there are many other EU Funding opportunities available, including through programmes managed directly by the EU, such as Horizon 2020 and ERASMUS+. Please see our EU policy and funding grid for information and the EU Funding Ambassadors’ Reports.