ARFOR

Page updated on: 13/10/2020

Funded by the Welsh Government, the aim of ARFOR is to ensure economic growth and prosperity, by enabling people to obtain employment opportunities within local communities which will contribute towards securing the prosperity of the Welsh language.

The programme will be delivered in Carmarthenshire, Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Anglesey with the 4 Local Authorities working in collaboration due to their social and cultural similarity.

ARFOR objectives

ARFOR is seeking to promote entrepreneurship, business growth and community resilience with a focus on promoting the use of the Welsh language by providing an opportunity for new and existing businesses.

ARFOR is a third party grant scheme.

All projects must demonstrate how they contribute towards the programme’s objectives;

  • promoting enterprise and supporting business growth in areas with a high proportion of Welsh speakers
  • generating more and better paid jobs to retain local people in these areas and encourage those who have left to return
  • promoting the wide ranging value of the use of Welsh and bilingualism in business creating a vibrant sense of place
  • encouraging the businesses and people who move to rural areas to value and use the Welsh language

Do you have a business idea that you are looking to develop in rural Carmarthenshire?

Or are you an existing business that is looking to grow?

Will your business idea support the future of the Welsh language?

If so, you could be eligible for support through the ARFOR innovation fund

Grant conditions:

  • Maximum of up to 5k grant @ 60% of total project costs
  • Food and drink and creative industries only
  • Safeguard existing jobs and/or create new jobs 
  • Complete project by 12 February 2021
  • Successful applications will be notified no later than 30 November 2020

Interested? Please read the guidelines prior to requesting an application pack.

Full applications will need to be submitted by 23 October 2020 at the latest. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Please note that the budget within this fund is very limited. Eligible projects will be required to demonstrate their ability to complete by 12 February 2021. Applications received from businesses who have already received ARFOR assistance will not be considered.

REquest an application form

Are you aged between 18-30? Do you have a business idea that you are looking to develop in rural Carmarthenshire?

Or have you started a new business in the last 12 months and are looking for support?

Will your business idea support the future of the Welsh language?

If so, you could be eligible for support through Llwyddo’n Lleol.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • mentoring support from local entrepreneurs
  • skills audit to identify areas of improvement
  • opportunity to attend further webinars/workshops.
  • Financial support of up to £1000
  • Successful applications will be notified no later than 30 November 2020

Interested? Please read the guidelines prior to requesting an application pack.

Full applications will need to be submitted by 23 October 2020 at the latest. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Please note that the budget within this fund is very limited. Eligible projects will be required to demonstrate their ability to complete by 12 February 2021. Applications received from businesses who have already received ARFOR assistance will not be considered.

REQUEST AN APPLICATION PACK