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3-SET are the Third Sector European Team – we’re here to provide advice and training to help the voluntary sector in Wales access European funds, while publicising the good work that funding is doing in Wales.

3-SET helps run various training courses, networks and information sessions for organisations interested in or running European Funded projects, and we also send out regular European funding and sector updates.

  • Have you always wanted to get involved with European funding but don’t know where to start? 3-SET are here to help you. 
  • Are you running a European funded project and want to share your story? 3-SET can help you with that too.
  • Do you need help and advice in running European funded project? 3-SET are happy to give you any support we can. 

You can sign up for our monthly newsletter  and our regular funding bulletins here. If you’ve got any questions for the team, we’re available on or 0300 111 0124.


Parts of Wales benefit from European funds and collectively these are known as the European Structural and Investment Funds. WCVA has been involved in distributing European Funds in one form or another since 2000.

What is it?

EU Developmental Aid

Who gets it?

The 28 (current) Member States

When do we get it?

Money is allocated in seven-year funding cycles. The most recent runs from 2014-2020.

Why do we get it?

To raise wealth, promote development and social cohesion

How do we receive it?

The money comes through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)

How much of it do we receive?

£1.8 billion between 2014-2020


The two funds most commonly accessed by the voluntary sector are the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

European Social Fund (ESF)

ESF is about people. Its purpose is to improve employment opportunities, promote social inclusion and invest in skills by providing support to help people fulfil their potential. At WCVA, we manage the Active Inclusion Fund, which is part-funded by money from the ESF and Welsh Government.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

ERDF is about business and infrastructure. Its purpose is to support research, strengthen businesses, promote renewable energy and improve infrastructure. Social Investment Cymru’s Social Business Growth Fund and Community Asset Development Fund are both part funded by ERDF and Welsh Government.


The majority of money goes to West Wales and the Valleys which is classed as a lesser developed region. A smaller amount goes to East Wales which is classed as a more developed region. Projects are either delivered in East Wales or West Wales and the Valleys, they can’t be mixed. For example, Active Inclusion has 4 projects approved: Over 25s East Wales, Over 25s West Wales and the Valleys, Youth East Wales and Youth West Wales and the Valleys.


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Procurement activities in relation to European funding in Wales

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