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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, which can include both capital and revenue funding.

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


The fund is only available to new or existing SMEs within the eligible sectors that are located in or planning to locate within rural Carmarthenshire. Support is aimed primarily at businesses operating in the food and drink sector and creative industries.

Grant Conditions

  • The maximum grant is £50,000
  • Each grant award will be based on up to 60% of the total eligible costs
  • Grant applications must be able to demonstrate new jobs being created as a result of ARFOR assistance

Applying for ARFOR Assistance

A series of calls for applications will be opened per annum, inviting applications to come forward. Subject to fund availability.

The second call is now open for expressions of interest.

The closing date for receiving your expression of interest is 15 January 2020.

For further information please contact the ARFOR team on 01267 224496 or e-mail

Download expression of interest (.pdf)