Other EU Funds

The Convergence programmes along with the Rural Development Plan are just two of the programmes funded by the European Union that can be accessed by Bridgend.  
Below is information on the various other European Funding Programmes that may be of interest to your organisation.


7th Framework Programme

The 7th Framework Programme (FP7) is the EU's main tool for funding research in Europe. It is also designed to respond to Europe's employment needs and competitiveness.

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Atlantic Area Programme

The Atlantic Area Programme (2007-2013) is a transnational cooperation progamme of objective "European Territorial Cooperation," an instrument of cohesion policy financed by the European Commission through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The programme area covers the entire territory of Ireland and the Atlantic regions of Spain, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. For the UK this includes the whole of Wales.

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Culture Programme

The Culture Programme 2007 - 2013 has a budget of €400 million to support projects and initiatives that celebrate Europe's cultural diversity and enhance our shared cultural heritage through the development of cross-border co-operation between cultural operators and instiutions.

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Europe for Citizens Programme

The Europe for Citizens Programme has a budget of €215 million to support a wide range of activities and organisations promoting 'active European citizenship". It particularly focuses on the involvement of citizens and civil society organistations in the process of European integration.

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Fundamental Rights & Justice Programme

With a budget of €543 million the aim of the Fundamental Rights and Justice Programme is to ensure that EU member states are working together in terms of the rights and justice of the EU's citizens.

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Lifelong Learning Programme

The European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme, with a budget of nearly €7 billion for 2007-2013, enables individuals at all stages of their lives to take part in learning experiences as well as help develop the education and training sector across Europe.

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PROGRESS Programme

The PROGRamme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS) 2007 - 2013 is devoted to employment and social inclusion. With a budget of €743.3 million it brings together the four Community Action Programmes covering anti-discrimination, gender equality, the fight against social exclusion and employment incentive measures that previously existed.  This programme forms part of the European Commission's attempt to streamline EU funding for employment and job creation. The programme runs in tandem with the European Social Fund.

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Tempus IV Programme

The Tempus IV Programme has an annual budget of approximately €50million and aims to support the modernisation of higher education in the EU’s neighbouring countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.  Tempus is part of the EU’s ‘Neighbourhood’, ‘Enlargement’, and ‘Development’ policies which aim to promote prosperity, stability and security in these regions. The programme promotes the voluntary convergence of higher education systems in these countries with EU developments in higher education.

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Youth in Action Programme

The Youth in Action Programme with a budget of over €885million aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the European Union’s future.  Youth in Action promotes mobility within and beyond the EU’s borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social or cultural background.

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