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EU funds in Wales

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The Welsh Government actively protects and promotes the interests of Wales at EU level.

We are continuing to deliver EU funding programmes

Applications for EU funds are still being developed and approved in line with objectives agreed by the European Commission.

The latest draft Withdrawal Agreement (March 2018) between the EU and the UK includes the provision for us continuing to participate in EU funding programmes and activities until their closure in 2023.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, the UK Treasury has provided a full lifetime expenditure guarantee for projects approved before the end of December 2020. Read more here

The guarantee also includes investments to UK organisations through the European Territorial Co-operation programmes from which Wales benefits, including the Ireland Wales programme, and programmes directly managed by the European Commission, such as Horizon 2020. 

The Welsh Government’s plan for the UK’s exit from the EU is set out in Securing Wales’ Future which outlines proposals for replacing EU funding from UK sources after 2020.  The policy paper ‘Regional Investment in Wales after Brexit’ represents the first step in the process of designing a new approach to regional economic development in Wales.

EU funding programmes

Other EU funds

EU funds are also available to organisations and individuals through other EU programmes:

  • COSME (external link) – Helps to increase business competitiveness with assistance to improve access to finance and markets.
  • Erasmus+ (external link) – Offers opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.
  • 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) – Investing in trans-European networks and infrastructures in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy.
  • LIFE (external link) – Supports nature, biodiversity, conservation, environmental and climate change projects.
  • EaSI (external link) – Aims to support employment, social policy and labour mobility across the EU.

Finding EU funding

See an online checklist (external link) to help identify EU funding opportunities available to you.