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Maureen Walby is Project Manager at Action with Communities in Rural Kent, an independent voluntary organisation which provides advice and support to community organisations. This presentation was ...

Maureen Walby is Project Manager at Action with Communities in Rural Kent, an independent voluntary organisation which provides advice and support to community organisations. This presentation was prepared for and delivered at one of the Eden Project's Big Lunch Extras community development events: www.biglunchextras.com

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    An introduction to EU funding - Maureen Walby An introduction to EU funding - Maureen Walby Presentation Transcript

    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent EUROPEAN FUNDING 2014-2020 An overview of what EU funding is and how we can use it for our projects.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Introductions 2 minutes please…. A bit about your organisation Main client group Past EU funding experience Problems & pleasures you’ve had using EU funds Ambitions for future projects What do you want to talk about today?
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent EUROPEAN FUNDING 2014-2020  Where does it come from?  What can we do with it?  Match funding?  Transnational Partnerships?  Local, regional, national partnerships?  How can we get some?  What happens then?  Do we really want some???
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent GDP Member States
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Main points to cover…  What is European Funding and where does it come from?  How relevant is it for us?  How can it help us?  What are the different programmes and how can we use them?  What do we have to do to win some European money?  How do we manage it once we’ve won some?  National (Structural) Funds  ESF Community Grants  Role of Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs)  Transnational Partnerships  Erasmus Plus  Creative Europe  Other Direct from Brussels funds
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Key Principles Transparency Value for Money Added Value Sound match-funding Justification / analysis Credibility Management Monitoring & Reporting Equal Opportunities Sustainability & Environment Environment Inclusive - partnerships Clear Objectives Results Impact Evaluation Mainstreaming Policy Influence Publicity Clear Audit Trail
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Match Funding  All EU funding must be matched  No double-funding  Can be from any non-EU source  Much comes pre-matched  Volunteer time can be used as match  For this notional values are used  Sometimes 100% funding comes from Brussels – but exceptionally  Direct grants ratio match varies.  All match funding must be certificated and must be real cash (salaries count as cash or volunteer time
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent UK Structural Funds UK Management 2014-2020 ESF. ERDF. RDF. Agri/Fisheries 6/7 year programming periods Negotiations with Brussels – priorities, regions, targets etc. Programme delivery – January 2014 Notional allocations to regions – delivery mechanisms vary delivered through 38 regional LEPs
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Regional Priorities & LEPs “Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will bring together councils and business on an equal footing with one voice, replacing the current Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). Vince Cable 2010
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Questions  What do you know about the LEP?  Have you had any engagement with your LEP?  Is there a VCS rep on your LEP?  Is there good contact with your DCLG local rep?  Are you likely to be working across the sectors defined by the Growth Strategy?
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent 2014-2020 new 7 year programme Began on 01.01.2014 ESF, ERDF & RDF plus Fisheries etc Community Grants – part of ESF – match funding by National Lottery ? Scope for VCS, not just with Community Grants!
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Structural Funds  ESF is for the development of the workforce, raising skills, developing jobs & providing training etc  LEPs can choose to offer integrated funds  ERDF is for capital projects, infrastructure, business development, communication, etc.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent National Priorities ESF Economic Development  Developing business  Developing a skilled work-force  Regional competitiveness 20% ring-fenced for over-coming the problems of poverty & exclusion
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent ESF Community Grants Guidelines The application process The “scoring” system The approval process Administration Reporting Case Studies Applications open now in most English regions but examples given relate to the Surrey CA led consortia of which Kent is part.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Project delivery Local action – designed for small groups Contracted to each county with each county/area and having its own allocation of funds and local staff team Local board make decisions Capacity building cash available too Simplified process for administration of projects  But still top-heavy in admin!
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Progression towards work…. Can be confidence building Can be work experience Can be learning new skills The aim is to reach those people farthest away from the labour market and to make them more work ready. £15,000 – projects must end by April 2015 Community Grants Objectives
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Priority has been given to groups who work with:  Lone parents  People with disabilities / health issues  People aged 50+  People from ethnic minorities / diverse groups  Women
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Other Programmes - Transnational  Erasmus Plus  Creative Europe  Interreg  Leader Plus  Daphne  Life  Energy  Social Justice  Horizon 2020  Enlargement (pre-accesion)  Social Innovation  Progress  Micro Finance  Direct to Brussels DGs – 23 DG’s!
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent ERASMUS PLUS The new Lifelong Learning Programme
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Replaces….  Grundtvig  Leonardo da Vinci  Transversal  Comenius  Erasmus  Jean Monet  Tempus  Some changes, some parts discontinued
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Larger funds, merging programmes The number of partners and funding will vary depending on the project’s aims and activities. Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 150,000 euro in funding per year.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Open to all… Open to all organisations active in the field of adult learning. Possible to work in multi-sector partnerships Only one project in each Key Action per organisation per year.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Just 3 Key Actions  Key Action 1  Mobility  Closing date 17th March 2014 11.00am UK time  Individual mobility, applications only through organisations  Key Action 2  Strategic Partnerships  Closing date 30th April 2014 at 11.00am UK time.  Key Action 3  Policy Reform
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Two types of “activity”  divided into main two types of activity.  Decentralised activities for the UK are run by the British Council, in partnership with Ecorys UK.  Centralised activities are run by the European Commission’s Executive Agency which is based in Brussels.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Erasmus Plus Key Action 1 Learning Mobility of Individuals is all about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent KA 1 Decentralised UK National Agency: British Council Mobility for Higher Education Vocational Education Learners and Staff School Staff Adult Education Staff Young People & Youth Workers
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Key Action 1 - Mobility  Open to organisations only –individual mobility  enables organisations to offer structured study, work experience, job shadowing, training and teaching opportunities to staff and learners.  2 weeks to 2 months in another country  covers the five fields of Higher Education, vocational education and training, schools, adult education and youth.  target groups and activities vary by field.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent KA 1 –Centralised (Brussels) Joint Masters Degrees Erasmus + Masters Loan Schemes Large-scale European Voluntary Service Events
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent More than one destination Several “flows” possible within each application Depending on field, could include staff and Learners Could be work shadowing, professional development, certified courses etc. 2 weeks to 2 months duration
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent “Unit Price” budgets  Driven by activity  Calculated on numbers, destination, length of mobility etc.  Simplified accounting and reporting system  Evidence of journey, certificate of attendance.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent ERASMUS PLUS KEY ACTION 2 Co-operation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices enabling organisations to work together in order to improve their provision for learners and share innovative practices
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent KA 2 – National Agency: Ecorys aims to increase the positive impact of European activities at all levels to ensure benefits for the individuals, organisations and countries involved in projects.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent KA 2 – 6 fields at national level Strategic Partnerships for… Higher Education Vocational Education & Training Schools Adult Education Youth More than one field
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent KA 2 Centralised Activities Direct to Brussels Knowledge Alliances Skills Alliances Capacity Building in the field of Youth
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Unit Costs  Calculated through drop-down menu format  Driven by activity & location  Max 150,000 euros per year x 2 or 3 years  Lead partner applies on behalf of whole partnership - contracts with other partners.  Simplified administration  Minimum 3 programme countries  Can have 2 UK based partners  Deadline 30th April 11.00am UK time for KA2
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Who can apply? Any UK organisation involved in adult education Can be lead (Coordinator) or as a partner. Coordinator makes the application for funding. UK organisations leading a project must apply to the UK National Agency on behalf of the partnership.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Key Action 3 – Policy Reform covers any type of activity aimed at supporting & facilitating the modernisation of education and training systems. fields of higher education, vocational education and training, schools, adult learning & Youth. supports strategic action across European to reform systems & influence policy.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Inter-active forms only…. Applications must be submitted by 11am UK time on 30 April 2014. There will only be one deadline in 2014. Projects will be able to start on 1 September 2014. No paper this time!
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent How to apply www.erasmusplus.org.uk  form will be available in February. In the meantime, you can:  Use the model e-form for Strategic Partnerships for Adult Educa as a guide to start planning your application.  Use the Distance Calculator to calculate travel costs for your project.  Register your organisation on ECAS and the Participant Portal.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Example Projects  Academy of Community Entrepreneurs (ACE)  Compared structure, operations & targets of social enterprises in each country  2 x UK partners  Sweden  France  Czech Republic
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Example projects  Into Caring Europe  Compared legal, fiscal, social aspects plus state support available to older people and those with disabilities  2 x UK partners  France  Spain  Slovakia
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Greener Futures for Young People – Progress Programme  Direct to Brussels  One-year project, 300,000 euros to share with partners.  Promoting careers in the VCS sector for able, keen young people  Social enterprise training, creation & progression to self employment or set up of new community enterprise.
    • Maureen Walby February 2014 Kent Contact Maureen Walby Maureen.walby@ruralkent.org.uk mawmont@gmail.com 077030 48602 or 0033 5 49 72 52 97