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Isle of Anglesey County Council

Arfor at work

Logo-Arfor-Tefynol.jpg_800The ARFOR programme operates across Anglesey, Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. 

The programme is a trial fund intending to create more and better jobs in areas that are strongholds of the Welsh language while supporting it's rise.

ARFOR contains a variety of local plans and activities across the four areas:

  • promote enterprise and supporting business growth in areas with a high proportion of Welsh speakers
  • secure better and better paid jobs to retain local people in these areas and encourage those who have left to return
  • promote the value of speaking Welsh and bilingualism in businesses, and
  • encourage businesses and people who move to rural areas to value and use the Welsh language 

More information...

For more information, email:

Arfor website

Arfor Schemes on Anglesey

Language Fund - A fund to support businesses to make the Welsh language more visible / audible within their businesses and to their customers, e.g. signage, bilingual menus, materials, staff skills, events etc. Grants up to £5,000 may be awarded to fund up to 80% of eligible costs.  Other eligible general new business investment may be used as the 20% match-funding.

Business Fund - This will provide financial support to new and existing businesses to overcome barriers that prevent them from growing and creating jobs.  Emphasis will be placed on the creation of new economic opportunities in addition to supporting local businesses to grow and create good jobs.The Business Fund has a minimum project cost of £2,000. We anticipate grants of between £1,000 and a maximum of £30,000 will be available to pay up to 50% of eligible costs, but the level of support may vary based on the circumstances. 

To enquire or apply, email: OR complete and submit this Expression of Interest Form

Detailed Guidance and a Full Grant Application Form will be issued to you after you have completed an initial basic eligibility check, and we will refer you to relevant business support providers.

The funding will be awarded during 2020 and applications will be considered in monthly rounds - the latest closing dates are as follows :-

  • 10 January 2020
  • 7 February 2020
  • 6 March 2020
  • 3 April 2020

Due to the high level of demand for Arfor grants the 3 April 2020 round is likely to see the remaining budget fully committed. EOI’s can still be submitted but full applications will not be invited / accepted after this date unless additional funding becomes available from the Welsh Government.

Llwyddo’n Lleol Gwynedd and Anglesey - a campaign across Gwynedd and Anglesey to highlight and promote current and exciting work opportunities available locally now and in future for young people and their families in both counties. 

Regional Projects

During the Arfor scheme, the counties will also be working in partnership on a number of activities.  A contract has been let on behalf of the four Counties to evaluate activities and create a new strategy for the future.

The Bwrlwm Busnes project will contain a welcome package to the Welsh Language to elevate the work and appreciation of the Welsh Language across the region by raising awareness to businesses of the opportunities and importance of the lanuage to our communities.

For more details about regional projects, email:

To enquire about Arfor on Anglesey, email


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