Following the end of West Midland European Network's (WMEN) current contract and the decision to close down the organisation, it was agreed that RAWM would take over the provision of support to third sector organisations wanting to access and manage European funding. The announcement was made on 6th December 2011 at WMEN’s AGM and coincided with the end of WMEN’s current contract, on 30th November 2011.
WMEN has for the past 10 years provided a specialist European infrastructure service to the voluntary and community sector in the West Midlands. Over this period of time WMEN has enjoyed a strategic partnership with RAWM (the generic infrastructure organisation) thus enabling both agencies to provide a more accessible and comprehensive package of support with greatest reach.
Following the implementation of CSR in the 2009–10 fiscal year and the introduction of ‘localism’ by the current Government, the future of regional infrastructure organisations such as RAWM and WMEN is yet to be determined. The demise of key funders and strategic partners such as Advantage West Midlands, West Midlands Local Government Association and the Learning Skills Agency to name a few has decimated funded strategic work at a regional level. The impact of which has been the re-structuring of RAWM and reluctantly the pending closure of WMEN.
This section of the website is where voluntary organisations and social enterprises in the West Midlands can access information, advice and guidance on ERDF and ESF funding.
If you have any further queries please contact RAWM's CEO, Sharon Palmer.