An untapped resource: transnational European fundingand the 2014-20 budget proposals
European Funding Programmes2007-2013:Current budget and programme periodExisting programmes still running for approvalof projects before December 20132014-2020:New budget period and Programmes
EU FundsTwo distinct types:Structural Funds (ESF and ERDF)Managed by national Governments – have noEuropean co-operationTransnational FundsInvolve partnership with another organisation inanother EU Member State or some wider Europeangoal
• Budgets are set for the European Union (EU) for periods of 7 years• Current budget period runs between 2007 and 2013 - €864 billion/£720 billion• Structural Funds are on the decline in the UK, we know that the budgets for transnational funds are likely to increase• Transnational funding opportunities exist for a wide range of activities linked to Locality member services
Adding a European dimension to your existing service delivery can:• open up a whole new world of funding programmes, grants and delivery options for your organisation• offer some continuity of service delivery with added European value, maximise European funds into an area and provide additional opportunities to local people and businesses that they would not access otherwise;• identify new solutions, services and innovation for the organisations involved;• directly involve local people and organisations in the activities of the EU and its funding programmes which can bring a benefit to their lives;• raise your profile at the European level and enable you to have your voice heard and possibly enable you to influence policy which affects you and your target group;• avoid breakdown in community relations or the potential for social unrest in a period of economic downturn through increased contact with local residents and people from other communities across the EU• enable your organisation and your communities to see Europe a something that is relevant to them and of significant value
Examples of activity in Greater Manchester in 2012St Peter’s Community Partnerships:• Secured involvement in a Leonardo da Vinci Mobility project to give young apprentices enhanced training through work placements in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Hungary;• Secured involvement in an Erasmus for New Entrepreneurs project with a focus on Social Enterprise;• Established a strong working relationship with an organisation in Ireland and their involvement as partners in a Youth Employment seminar;• Secured 3 Transversal Study Visits for staff to experience new ways of engaging with their clients and new delivery methods;• Secured funding to host a Transversal Study Visit which allows St Peter’s to showcase their work to get young people into employment, to up to 15 delegates from across Europe;• A transnational funding strategy to build on the work carried out to date.Tameside Third Sector Coalition:• Completion of a transnational funding strategy for T3SC to identify appropriate funding programmes to enhance the involvement of their staff, the organisation and their client groups;• Bespoke funding strategies for a number of their members to directly involve the wider sector in Tameside;• Approval of 4 Transversal Study Visits for staff to visit similar organisations across Europe, learn from them and build partnerships.
Links to Funders http://www.britishcouncil.org/youthinaction.htm http://www.britishcouncil.org/comenius.htm http://www.leonardo.org.uk/ http://www.grundtvig.org.uk/ http://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.htm
Be ready for the futureThe new funding programmes promise to be even more accessible and biggerthan they are now, so now is the time to start to engage in the process.You can do this by:- finding out what is available now in your work area;- identifying European partners;- applying for and running a small project now, to be ready to up scale yourEuropean provision when the new programmes come into operation.With the right level of interest and commitment you could start to seeEuropean programmes really change how your organisation works and bringsignificant, life changing opportunities to the people in your area.
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