Will the recent EOI I have submitted under RCDF still be
RDP funding has a clear timetable for the submission and
consideration of EOI's on their
website and they have confirmed that all EOI's which have
been received in recently closed windows will continue through the
application process. Further windows will be issued in the coming
months so please make sure you visit the website to stay
How long does WCVA have EU funding for?
Active Inclusion Funds have been awarded until varying dates
across 2018/2019 however this is subject to ongoing review and
performance. 3-SET have funding to 2018 then a possible extension
subject to a successful mid-point review. If all the funds that we
are supporting are being delivered, we may be successful in
securing extended funding.
Has WCVA got any thoughts on how to replace the funding from
During the campaign, in the run up to the referendum, promises
were made that in the event of a leave vote, Wales would not lose a
penny in funding. WCVA will continue to lobby the government to
push for equivalent funding after any exit from the European Union.
It could be argued that leaving Europe will bring wider
opportunities for the sector.
WCVA with its partners will look to continue to help the sector
diversify its funding sources as much as possible to ensure that
the sector can continue to deliver the important activities and
services it does currently and also help us grow in the
Will WCVA be engaging with politicians to ensure that securing
future funding for Wales is a priority?
Yes, we have already met with the Secretary of State for Wales,
Alan Cairns. Mr Cairns is interested in what the third sector has
to say and what the implications may be following the withdrawal of
Britain from the EU. WCVA has a second meeting planned with the
Secretary of State and he has expressed his desire for continued
What can projects do to help make sure we can demonstrate a
need for future funding?
We need to make sure projects spend the money we currently have
access to, if you have wanted to get involved in European funding
but have put it off in the past, now is the time to give it a
Deliver, hit the targets and make sure you are vigilant with
your audits. Delivering against what has been promised will help to
build a strong case for continued funding.
Can WCVA still talk to the EU Commission?
WCVA are still able to talk to the commission about things that
are not related to the result of the referendum. Commission
officials are not able to talk to anyone officially about Britain
leaving the EU until Article 50 is formally triggered.
How will WCVA ensure it will be part of the important round
table discussions over the coming years?
We will make sure that we are aware of what's going on and will
ensure the third sector has a voice at as many discussions as
possible. At the moment, many discussions are being held 'in-house'
by government officials as they are formulating their strategy.
The discussions we have had with civil servants is that
government want to engage with wider stakeholders and we will
certainly want to be around that table. We will continue to engage
with the sector as these discussions evolve.
Members of the public could contact MPs or attend their
surgeries to raise concerns and ensure the right questions are
asked in the House of Commons. What questions should our Welsh MPs
be asking the Government during the negotiation / exit
We need to make sure Welsh MPs are lobbying for continued
support after any exit from the EU and that any funding which is
available to the third sector in Wales will remain available. How
will the government make sure the priorities currently funded will
continue to receive support?
Many organisations are working to tackle the surge in hate
crime following the referendum, how will WCVA support this
Division has become apparent in the wake of the EU Referendum
between politicians and our communities. We feel the third sector
is best placed to help government re-engage with the population. We
will take this message forward to people such as Alan Cairns
(Secretary of State for Wales) to make sure funding and support is
provided to help tackle this behaviour.
What has been the reaction of WCVA's contacts in the EU (both
in the commission and the voluntary sector)?
The reaction has been one of complete shock. Many civil society
organisations across Europe who we have had discussions with could
not believe the result of the referendum. It has prompted a lot of
work throughout the EU by civil society organisations as they also
recognise that a lot of problems stem from the disenchantment of
individuals furthest from government.
There will be a convention in La Rochelle in October bringing
together around 250 civil society organisations working on the
subject of disenfranchisement of communities. The result has made
these organisations aware that there is a need for serious
engagement with society.
Is WCVA planning to work in partnership with CVCs to keep the
sector informed on a regular basis e.g. ongoing regional updates,
email bulletins etc?
Yes, WCVA will work with the CVC's to ensure that information
and updates are distributed as far throughout the sector as
In the short term is there anything we can do directly at WCVA
to support you with this work going forward?
Keep talking to us. Let us know what is going on, maintain a
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions or queries that you may have as we move forward