Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan recently launched a brand new directory designed to simplify and bring together the various sources of EU funding available to groups and organisations operating in Wales.
European funding makes a huge contribution to the Welsh economy by improving the performance of Welsh organisations, providing funding for the regeneration of town centres and creating valuable links with Europe. In Wales, Structural Funding has invested over €3bn in projects since 2000 while our universities and businesses have successfully applied for millions of euros from the European Commission to fund a variety of projects.
Mr Vaughan said:
"At a time when government cuts are directly affecting organisations throughout Wales, it is becoming increasingly important for Welsh public, private and third sector organisations to access other sources of funding.
I have created the Directory to provide Welsh organisations with an overview of the European funding possibilities available to them. It covers a wide range of subject areas and has useful tips on applying for funding and details of essential contact points for further information."
The directory was formally launched at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on Friday 10th June and at Optic Techium, St Asaph on Friday, 22nd July 2011. Both events (pictured) were attended by a cross-section of Welsh businesses, voluntary organisations, community groups and charities representing a wide range of sectors including education, the arts, culture and sport.
A copy of the Directory can be obtained by getting in touch with Derek’s Cardiff office on 029 20 227660 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.