Description of European Funding opportunities for period 2014-2020.
European Funding 2014 - 2020
Europe 2020 is the European Union’s growth
strategy for the coming decade, with five ambitious objectives
focused on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and
climate/energy to be met by 2020.
The following European funding programmes
cover the period 2014 – 2020 to help support the Europe 2020
strategy and various other national strategies.
European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development
For the period 2014-2020, West Wales and the
Valleys (which includes Neath Port Talbot) will receive European
Structural Funds investment worth some £1.6 billion.
In line with EU and Welsh Government
strategies for supporting growth and jobs in Wales, the ESF and
ERDF Operational Programmes focus on research and innovation,
helping businesses to start up and grow, supporting renewable
energy and energy efficiency, connectivity and urban development,
tackling poverty through sustainable employment, increasing skills
and youth employment.
Full details on how the ESF and ERDF will be
spent in the region are detailed within the Operational Programmes
for West Wales and the Valleys. Funding application
documentation and guidance documents are available from the
Welsh European Funding
Office (WEFO) website (external link).
Organisations can benefit from ESF and ERDF
• Direct support
e.g. directly applying for funding for your project
• Indirect support e.g. small to medium
enterprises (SMEs) can access support through Business Wales (external
• Tender opportunities, which are advertised on the
Sell 2 Wales website
(For useful websites to source support and information on
tendering, please visit the NPTCBC
For advice and guidance on applying for ESF
and ERDF funding, the European and External Funding Team have
produced an ‘Introductory Guide to Structural Funds 2014 – 2020’
which summarises the funding opportunities and application
process. Alternatively, please contact the
European & External Funding Team.
Introduction Guide: West Wales & The Valleys European Structural Funds 2014 - 2020
The Wales Rural Development Programme (RDP)
Funded by the European Union and Welsh
Government, the RDP improves the competitiveness of farming and
forestry, protects the environment and improves the quality of life
and diversification of rural areas. Neath Port Talbot has 24
wards which are classed as ‘rural’ by Welsh Government.
More information on RDP funding opportunities
and a map illustrating the rural wards within Neath Port Talbot can
be found within the NPTCBC Rural Development
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
Accessible through the Fisheries Local Action
Group (FLAG), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will support
strong local communities and fisheries/ aquaculture businesses to
increase the sector’s sustainability and to guarantee its financial
For more information on how this fund works,
please visit the European
Maritime and Fisheries Fund website (external link).
The biggest ever European Union Research and
Innovation programme, Horizon 2020 has nearly €80 billion of
funding available for the period 2014 – 2020. Promoting
research and innovation, Horizon 2020 promises more breakthroughs,
discoveries and world-firsts by helping higher education
organisations and businesses take their great ideas from the lab to
Support with funding applications is available
SCoRE Cymru (external link), the Welsh
European Funding Office Horizon 2020 Unit (external link) and
the Enterprise Europe
Network (external link).
Further information and calls for funding
proposals are detailed in the Horizon 2020
website (external link).
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for
education, training, youth and sport. Running for the period
2014 – 2020, funding application deadlines for most activities
happen once a year, although there are additional deadlines for
Aiming to modernise education, training and
youth work across Europe, Erasmus+ funding is open to education,
training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of
lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher
education, adult education and the youth sector. If offers
exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work,
volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe. Sport funding
focuses on co-operation and activities at a grassroots level.
Further information and funding application
deadlines is featured in the Erasmus+ website (external
The LIFE Programme
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding
instrument for the environment and climate action. The general
objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating
and development of EU environmental and climate policy and
legislation by co-financing projects with European added
Funding can be accessed for nature,
biodiversity, conservation, environmental and climate change themed
Further detail on LIFE funding opportunities
and funding criteria is available from the LIFE website
COSME is the European Union programme for the
Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized
Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020. COSME will
support SMEs in the following areas: better access to finance for
SMEs, access to markets, supporting entrepreneurs and creating more
favourable conditions for business creation and growth.
Detailed information on what opportunities the
COSME Programme can offer is available from the COSME website
Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Programme
The EaSI programme is a financing instrument
at European Union level which aims to promote a high level of
quality and sustainable employment, a guarantee for adequate and
decent social protection, an improvement in working conditions and
combating social exclusion and poverty.
To discover how the EaSI will support
employment and social innovation in more detail, please visit the
website (external link).
Creative Europe Programme
Aiming to support the European audio-visual
cultural and creative sector, the Creative Europe programme has
different funding schemes to encourage audio-visual, cultural and
creative players to operate across Europe, reach new audiences and
develop the skills required in the digital age.
Calls for funding proposals are detailed in
Europe website (external link).
Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
The Connecting Europe
Facility (CEF) finances projects which fill the missing
links in Europe's energy, transport
and digital backbone. It will also make Europe's economy greener by promoting cleaner
transport modes, high speed broadband connections and facilitating
the use of renewable energy.
In addition, the funding for energy networks
will further integrate the internal energy market, reduce the
European Union’s energy dependency and bolster the security of
supply. By focussing on smart, sustainable and fully
interconnected transport, energy and digital networks, the
Connecting Europe Facility
will help to complete the European
For more detailed information, please visit
Connecting Europe Facility website (external link).