Third sector organisations encouraged to register on Sell2Wales
Small organisations are being encouraged to register their services on the Sell2Wales website as part of delivery arrangements for the 2007 to 2013 EU programmes.
Under the new programmes organisations can benefit from European funding – not only as sponsors or as beneficiaries of projects but also by tendering to deliver their services. Once registered with Sell2Wales, organisations can then bid for contracts, and will be alerted of opportunities that are published on Buy4Wales.
Opportunities to deliver services through European funded projects will also be listed on the WEFO website in the approved projects tables and will soon be available on: www.sustainablefundingcymru.org.uk
These arrangements will ensure that opportunities for smaller organisations to deliver European-funded activity will be offered as widely as possible. This approach seeks to avoid duplication of activities, provide value for money and is better placed to support the smaller number of more strategically focused projects during the 2007 to 2013 programmes. It will also help project sponsors to meet European Commission regulations o n State aid and procurement.
A Guide to Tendering is available on the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section of the Sell2Wales website and provides practical tips on how to submit a tender.
WEFO guidance on sponsorship, partnership, procurement and grants has been published to help organisations understand whether or not they may be better placed to be project delivery agents rather than project sponsors. Information has also been published on Third Sector Access to European Funding, which explains the guidance specifically in relation to the third sector.