The majority of third sector organisations do not deliver projects on their own as they are usually hosted by relatively large, experienced third sector organisations. Below are examples of how third sector organisations can participate in European Funding without applying directly to WEFO

  • Joint Beneficiary: A joint beneficiary is a partner organisation responsible for the implementation or management of a project.
  • Contractor or grant recipient: A contractor or grant recipient is procured or funded by a lead beneficiary to manage or implement part of the project. Under the 2007-2013 ESIF programme, the third sector secured contracts totalling over ¬£190million.

The Out of Work Service is an example of a project where third sector organisations are contracted to deliver services. Click here to read Gofal and NewLink Wales' story.

European contract opportunities will be published on the Sell2Wales website, a Welsh Government Procurement portal. The Sell2Wales user guides help with registration, creating a profile and contract searches.

In some circumstance, you can apply directly to WEFO as a Sponsor or a Beneficiary.  Sponsors are usually larger, experienced organisations, capable of cash flowing a project.  Chwarae Teg is an example of a third sector Sponsor. Click here to read their story.

This short animation outlines the two stages of applying directly to WEFO.

From design to delivery








If you have a project idea that you would like to discuss, get in touch with the Third Sector European Team (3-SET).

For organisations who are planning a project which might not be suitable to apply directly to WEFO, Active Inclusion Fund may offer an alternative. The fund offers small to medium ESF grants to organisations who can support those furthest removed from the labour market. This could be by providing fully funded training opportunities, paid supported employment placements or supporting people to improve their confidence and motivation.