Latest News on EU Funds in Wales

13 December 2018


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£9.5m EU investment will help Wales move towards a low carbon economy


£9.5m of EU funds for two renewable energy projects was announced by the now First Minister, Mark Drakeford at an event in Cardiff last week to celebrate the impact of EU funds in Wales.

The £14.4m GSCS (generation storage consumption supply) scheme, will receive £9m of EU funds. It will use cutting-edge battery technology to generate and store electricity from renewable and low carbon sources.

A £0.9m community solar energy storage scheme in Swansea will receive £600,000 of EU funds to supply electricity to up to 300 local consumers.

EU Funds Awards 2018

EU Funds Awards

Showcasing the achievements of EU funded projects in Wales, this year's award winners for Best Mentor and Cultural Heritage project were announced by the now First Minister, Mark Drakeford, at our annual event in Cardiff on 5 December 2018.

£1.8m EU funds to boost the employment prospects of people with hearing or vision loss


The £3.6m JobSense project – supported by £1.8m of EU funds and £1.1m of  Welsh Government funding – will provide specialist employment and training services to economically-inactive and long-term unemployed people with hearing or sight problems.

JobSense will also work with employers to challenge stereotypes about sensory loss, identify suitable vacancies and inform employers about the support and technology available to people with sensory loss.

£3.7m EU funds to help promote technology in Wales

Centre for Photonics Expertise

The £5.8m Centre for Photonics Expertise project will bring together expertise from across Wales and establish collaborative research projects to encourage industries to embrace photonics technology in the use of lasers, sensors and fibre-optics.

Led by Glyndwr University, the three-year project will be delivered in partnership with South Wales, Bangor and Aberystwyth universities, which will work with companies across West and North Wales and the South Wales Valleys in areas such as manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, energy and agriculture. 

EU funds to support women affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence


At a visit to Welsh Women’s Aid in Cardiff, the now First Minister, Mark Drakeford and the Leader of the House, Julie James announced £1.5m of EU and Welsh Government funding to support working women affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Led by Threshold DAS, the Limitless programme will provide tailored support, from confidence building to helping them gain formal and accredited qualifications, to help women build a brighter future.

£9.4m to help people with health problems stay in work

Healthy Working Wales

An additional £7.2m of EU funds and £2.2m of Welsh Government funds will be invested in Healthy Working Wales’ 'In Work Support Service' service to provide people with mental or physical health conditions free and rapid access to occupational therapy to help them remain in employment.

The funding will significantly expand the service to support up to 12,000 people and some 2,500 businesses to build a healthy workplace.

EU funds to boost Wales’ creative technologies sector

Aberystwyth Old College

EU funding of £0.9m will refurbish part of Aberystwyth’s iconic Old College university building.The £1.4m project will transform the currently-unused South Seddon building into state-of-the-art seafront business units for the creative technologies sector.

2019 Erasmus+ Call published


The European Commission has released the 2019 application deadlines for Erasmus+.

€187m will be available to UK organisations through the programme.

Application deadlines and information on the types of activities you can apply for are available here.


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