1 Jun 2018
Did you know the Active Inclusion Fund team provides support from application stage right through to project closure?
The Active Inclusion Fund, which is
managed by WCVA and supported by the European Social Fund through
Welsh Government, is in place to provide funding to organisations
that can support people to move closer to the employment market,
with the overarching aim of reducing economic inactivity in Wales.
There are currently over 134 active projects across Wales with over
5986 individuals having already been supported. Of those, 649
have entered employment. Thanks to the hard work and determination
of these projects and a helping monetary hand from the Active
Inclusion Fund, these individuals are on the path to securing a
better, more secure future for themselves and their families.
However, it is fair to say that European Funding is not always
straightforward and at times can be challenging to manage
(especially for smaller, less resourced grassroot organisations).
Yet these organisations are vital in supporting the often harder to
reach individuals with specialist needs. To relieve some of the
pressure that comes with managing these projects and allow smaller
organisations to access the funding, WCVA has been appointed an
intermediate body by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO).
Meaning organisations can apply for European funding through Active
Inclusion rather than directly from WEFO.
Watch Prime Cymru's
experience of the Active Inclusion Fund and the support they have
received from the team in running the project. The organisation
supports people over 50 back into the employment market, helping to
empower them and challenge the stigma that they are 'too old' to
As Hayley mentioned in the video, Prime Cymru delivers its project
across the whole of Wales. This is thanks to a few changes made to
the fund last year which means organisations can now deliver
simultaneous projects in both East Wales and West Wales and the
Valleys, which can be seamlessly managed.
But East Wales based projects require more match
False. Whilst the overall intervention
rate for ESF operations in the East Wales Programme area is 50%,
thanks to targeted match funding from Welsh Government, WCVA is
able to offer a more favourable rate to third sector applicants to
the Active Inclusion Funds.
Despite the sometimes challenging requirements of European
Funding, WCVA encourages organisations to make the most of the
significant pot of money in the East Wales area whilst it is still
available to us. As such, we have made these vital changes to the
Active Inclusion Fund to ensure your European funding journey is as
smooth as it can be.
If you are interested in running an Active Inclusion Fund
project or would like more information, get in touch with a member
of the team today.