Future of structural funds in England: Story so far


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The presentation was part of an event called LEPs, Growth and EU funds with Regional Action West Midlands event on Friday 4 October 2013.

The presentation was by Ingrid Gardiner from NCVO's European Funding Network and looks at structural funds in England so far.

Find out more about European Funding Network's past events: http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu/events/past-events

Find out more about the European funding network: http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu/

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  • An “EU Growth Programme” to be financed by ERDF and ESF with a contribution from EAFRD
    A single “EU Growth Programme Board” incorporating a joint Programme Managing Committee for ESF and ERDF Growth Board meeting on the 14th of September
    LEPs to identify their preferred EU investment prospectus as part of their wider growth strategy, for agreement by the Growth Board. LEPs will not take on project delivery accountabilities, however but retain a strategic oversight role in cooperation with local partners.
    Government departmental teams to work as “CSF Area Growth Teams” to support LEPs in their strategic role. All final funding decisions to be dependant upon due diligence by fund Managing Authorities.
    National co-financing initiatives to take account of local needs
    ‘ITIs’ may be an option in a limited number of places - where this arrangement will deliver better value, higher impact results.
    innovation, research and technological development
    support for small businesses
    the low carbon economy
    social inclusion
    To re-cap, LEPs are responsible for:
    coming up with an investment strategy for spending their allocation
    finding projects to deliver that strategy, using a mixture of commissioning, bidding and co-financing as best meets local need
    finding match funding for those projects
    ensuring those projects deliver their targets
    making sure their allocations are spent on time
    monitoring how well they are delivering against their strategies and the programme priorities
  • The role of civil society with LEPs
    engagement with all stakeholders, including social partners, must form an integral part of the prioritisation and investment of EU funding.
    Building meaningful strategic relationships with Civil Society organisations adds significant value to the strategic analysis, planning and effective delivery of EU funding within the LEP area. We would like to take this opportunity to outline the support available through Civil Society in delivering this new and
    exciting element of LEP strategic development.
    The VCS is capable of providing a vital multi-level support and delivery
    function to LEPs from both a cross sector and partnership delivery
    perspective as well as in relation to specific thematic Partnership Groups that
    will be required as part of their strategic development and delivery role. In
    relation to engagement with economic development and structures both the
    European Commission and the UK government refer to the VCS as forming
    part of ‘Civil Society’; encapsulating what we might consider previously as
    the ‘third sector’ and including co-operatives, CICs / social enterprises,
    mutuals and trade unions.
  • ST
  • ST
  • ST
    LAGS select accountable body from structure or create a
    Legally constituted common structure
    Build the capacity of local actors to develop and implement operations
    Drawing up selection procedures
    Making calls for proposals
    Selection of proposals
    Monitoring and evaluation
  • Future of structural funds in England: Story so far

    1. 1. Future of Structural Funds in England The story so far Ingrid Gardiner EU Manager Ingrid.gardiner@ncvo-vol.org.uk
    2. 2. European Funding Network
    3. 3. European Structural and Investment Funds Introduction to the European Structural and Investment Funds •The Structural and Cohesion Funds are the European Union’s main funding programmes for reducing social and economic disparities across the EU. In England, these funds comprise the: •European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which supports research, innovation, business development and infrastructure investment •European Social Fund (ESF) which supports training, enhancing access to employment and social inclusion. •It will also include part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and will be aligned with the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This funding should begin to come on stream in mid-2014.
    4. 4. Proposed Delivery Arrangements
    5. 5. Civil Society and LEPs • Engagement with all stakeholders • Building meaningful strategic relationships • Help deliver social inclusion (20%!) • That is not the only offer – civil society sector comes in many different forms – CICs, social enterprises, mutuals and trade unions
    6. 6. Local focus new opportunities? • Opt in (e.g. Big Lottery Fund) to complement Growth Programme and social inclusion • Community Led Local Development • Community Grants • Volunteer time • Social innovation • Social investment • Technical assistance
    7. 7. Civil Society Active Phase 2 • Completion of Action Plan • Consultation with the European Funding Network and civil society partners • Tendering for LEP engagement activity – project awarded to Regional Voices (One East Midlands is the accountable body) • LEP engagement events • Support tools • Blogs and updates on website • Contribution to LEP events
    8. 8. Role of Partners and EFN • Following tight timescales – due 7 October • Information sharing • Europeanfundingnetw ork.eu • One to one surgeries with LEPs • Wider information events in winter