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Ireland Wales Programme 14-20

    The Southern Regional Assembly is a programme partner for the Ireland Wales Programme 2014-20. One of the ETC programmes, it provides opportunities for EU regions to work together to address common economic, environmental, and social challenges.

    A maritime programme, it connects organisations, businesses and communities on the west coast of Wales with the south & east coasts of Ireland to seek solutions to shared challenges on both sides of the Irish Sea, to improve the economic and sustainable development priorities of Ireland and Wales.

    The value of the Programme is €100m (€79m ERDF). The co-financing rate is 80% with partners supplying 20%.

    The Programme has three priorities: 

    Cross border Innovation: to increase the intensity of knowledge transfer collaborations involving research organisations and SME’s in line with the shared priorities of the smart specialisation strategies

    Adaptation of the Irish Sea & Coastal Communities to Climate Change: to increase capacity and knowledge of Climate Change Adaptation for the Irish Sea and coastal communities

    Cultural and Natural Resources & Heritage: to sustainably realise the potential of natural and cultural assets in increasing visitor numbers to coastal communities in the Programme area

    Organisations from the public, private and third sector can apply. Projects must involve at least one partner organisation from Wales and one from Ireland. 

    The Welsh Government is the Managing Authority with partners, the Southern Regional Assembly and the Department for Public Expenditure & Reform.

    To find out more about the Programme, contact:

    Breda Curran:


    or Samantha Richardson:


    For further information, visit the Ireland Wales Programme 2014-2020 website or Twitter: