Parts of Wales benefit from European funds and collectively these are known as the European Structural and Investment Funds

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What is it?
EU Developmental Aid


Who gets it?
28 Member States


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When do we get it?
7 year funding cycles
Currently 2014-2020


Why do we get it?
To raise wealth, promote
development and social


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How do we receive it?

The money comes through
the Welsh European Funding
Office (WEFO)

How much of it do we
£1.8 billion between 2014-2020


For more information on ESI funds, see our Information Sheet - Overview of ESI Funds 2014-2020

The two funds most commonly accessed by the third sector are the:

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European Social Fund (ESF)

ESF is about people. Its purpose is to improve employment opportunities, promote social inclusion and invest in skills by providing support to help people fulfil their potential.


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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

ERDF is about business and infrastructure. Its purpose is to support research, strengthen businesses, promote renewable energy and improve infrastructure. 


The two remaining funds are the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Fisheries Fund. As you've probably already guessed, these are to do with agriculture and fish.


How is the money allocated?

The majority of money goes to West Wales and the Valleys which is classed as a lesser developed region. A smaller amount goes to East Wales which is classed as a more developed region. Projects are either delivered in East Wales or West Wales and the Valleys, they can't be mixed. For example, Active Inclusion has 4 projects approved: Over 25s East Wales, Over 25s West Wales and the Valleys, Youth East Wales and Youth West Wales and the Valleys.