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Applications invited for grants to improve community facilities

25 July 2017
Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant has today invited community groups to apply for funding to improve the sustainability of facilities that provide opportunities for people to learn, seek help or advice, volunteer or socialise. This forms part of the Welsh Government’s work to engage people in their communities and create prosperity for all. Tuesday 25 July 2017

While the Community Facilities Programme will be available throughout Wales, it has been refocused this year to give priority to projects that: 

  • are in Communities First areas;
  • will continue to deliver Communities First services; or
  • are otherwise part of the Communities First legacy.

An extra £4 million per year over the next four years has been made available for the programme between 2017 and 2021. The programme will also offer grants at two levels; up to £25,000 is available for small projects than can be completed this financial year and up to £250,000 towards larger projects which will create sustainable community facilities fit for the future.

Announcing the re-opening of the Community Facilities Programme, the Cabinet Secretary said:

“We have refocused the Programme to help protect valuable community facilities in former Communities First areas to ensure the lasting legacy of the Communities First Programme.”

“The Community Facilities Programme aims to breathe new life into buildings that are truly at the heart of their communities and will help ensure they can generate new sources of revenue to fund their valuable role in improving the lives of the people who use them.

“These facilities provide a huge range of important services, to young and old and space for groups to come together. The funding will enable these projects to expand their work further, throwing open their doors to even more people in the local community.”

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Two EU backed property development funds set to create £40m infrastructure boost for West Wales and the Valleys

23 March 2017
Two new property development funds launched with £14m of EU funds are projected to result in an overall investment of £40m in new and refurbished high quality commercial premises to support business growth and job creation in the North, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys.

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Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

01 December 2016
Rural Community Development Fund Round 4 – A Further Expression of Interest window opens today – 1st December 2016

Grants which are primarily aimed at LEADER Local Action Groups and other community-based organisations.

The grants will offer a wide range of interventions designed to prevent and mitigate the impact of poverty in rural communities improving conditions which can lead to future jobs and growth.

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Around £40m available for research and innovation proposals

24 November 2016
Around £40m of EU funds are available in a call for innovative proposals that can successfully translate research and innovation into new and improved commercial products, processes and services.

Project proposals should build on areas where Welsh businesses and research organisations have already established, or are beginning to establish, internationally significant expertise, with a strong industrial pull.

Proposals will also need to focus on the delivery of key outcomes such as increasing employment and delivering new products, and clearly add value to existing public and private sector activity.

Around £30m is available in the West Wales and Valleys region, and up to £10m in East Wales.

The deadline to submit a proposal is 31 January 2017. If prioritised, proposals will then progress to the formal business planning stage.

There is no restriction on the type of organisation (private, public or third sector) that can apply for this funding and organisations new to EU Structural Funds are welcomed.

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Social Business Growth Fund

23 November 2016
WCVA’s new ERDF funded Social Business Growth Fund is now open for applications.

WCVA’s new ERDF funded Social Business Growth Fund is now open for applications. The fund will support social business in Wales financially to enable them to grow and create job opportunities.

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Bridgend business secures €680,000 Horizon 2020 EU funding

18 November 2016
Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has welcomed €680,000 of European funding for Bridgend-based business Control 2K Ltd as part of a ground-breaking cross-border project.

The funding will support Control 2K’s involvement in the DIGICOR project. The project will create online technology to enable small businesses across Europe to collaborate with large manufacturers and develop supply chain business opportunities.

The €7.9m project is funded by the European Commission’s largest research and innovation programme Horizon 2020,which is helping to make innovative and scientific breakthroughs and supporting the development of world-class products and services.

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Learning and Work Skills Festival

07 June 2016

£2.6m boost for childcare scheme will help more young parents into work

26 May 2016
Communities and Children Secretary, Carl Sargeant has announced a £2.6m EU-backed investment in an ambitious Welsh Government childcare scheme designed to help young parents into work.

Parents, Childcare and Employment (PaCE) is a £13.5m programme, backed with £8.5m EU funds, that helps unemployed or economically inactive parents into work.

PaCE aims to help improve employment prospects by providing access to training or job opportunities that might not otherwise have been possible due to childcare commitments. PaCE covers the cost of childcare while parents undertake training to gain the skills they need to get a job.  

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£45m EU-backed investment to raise skills across South Wales

25 May 2016
A £45m EU-backed investment to raise skills and improve career prospects across South Wales has been announced by Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Mark Drakeford.

EU funds of £29m have given the green light for a range of initiatives to get underway, including support for young people at risk of dropping out of education or training, workplace learning for employees of companies and leadership training for business owners and managers.

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Europe Day 2016 Factsheet

16 May 2016
To commemorate Europe Day 2016 WEFO have issued a factsheet that shows how EU funds are being used in Bridgend County.