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EU funding in Wales 2014-2020
EU funding in Wales 2014-2020
EU funding in Wales 2014-2020
EU funding in Wales 2014-2020
EU funding in Wales 2014-2020
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EU funding in Wales 2014-2020


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Presentation by Judith Stone (Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations), on the future of EU funding in Wales 2014-2020, at NCVO event in April 2013. …

Presentation by Judith Stone (Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations), on the future of EU funding in Wales 2014-2020, at NCVO event in April 2013.

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  • Good morning Introduction and 3-SET – part funded by ERDF and ESF to provide information, advice and training to enable TS involvement in the Convergence (WW&V) and RCE (East Wales) Programmes 2007-2013. We, along with TS colleagues, also provide representation for the sector on the PMC and other working groups, and are leading third sector input into the design of the next round.
  • I’ve been asked to speak about the design of the EU funding programmes in Wales, so I will firstly provide a bit of context about TS involvement with the funds in Wales 2007-2013; followed by an outline of the Partnership arrangements we have in place for designing the programmes and some of the key messages that we have contributed to Welsh Government in their recent public consultation process on the SF and RDP 2014-2020. NCVO has then asked me to talk briefly about WCVA’s experience of loan finance using EU funding.
  • WCVA has recently completed research into the third sector’s access to Structural Funds 2007-2013: Approx. £304m of EU + match funding has been committed to third sector projects = 9.4% of £3.2bn TPC £212m to third sector lead/joint sponsors (direct bids) – 40 TS lead projects (out of approx. 300) £91m third sector contracted delivery Across a range of ERDF and ESF priorities including - Transport, heritage, community buildings, community economic development, social enterprise support, youth, employment, skills. 438 third sector suppliers have secured contracts to deliver services for other EU funded projects – including over 200 organisations that have received funding through WCVA’s Engagement Gateway and ILM projects.
  • The Welsh Government, through its managing authority for EU funds, WEFO has established an overarching EU Programmes Partnership Forum to guide the development of the new round of programmes (3 TS mems) This is supported by four work streams, which involve WCVA and other third sector orgs. Following guidance from the Commission, we are trying to design the next round with as close integration as possible between the four EU funds -challenge as ERDF and ESF managed by WEFO and RDP by Countryside Division. The public consultation on the SF and RDP 2014-2020 was undertaken in parallel in Jan-April 2013, however the two draft Operational Programmes were at very different stages of development as the Implementing regs for the RDP have not yet been published. WCVA has submitted responses to SF and RDP, which can be downloaded from our website. Run through key points in consultation...
  • Work with WCVA and third sector networks to facilitate involvement in the design, commissioning and delivery of projects – in recognition of the shift from direct bidding to WEFO to a smaller number of TS leads, and more opportunities through contracting – our relationships with public sector project leads will be critical. WEFO has proposed poverty and social exclusion as a third CCT as this is a core theme of our Programme for Government. We welcome this but also propose to adhere to the recommendation of the EU Flagship Initiative for Social Inclusion to ring-fence 20% of ESF for tackling poverty and social exclusion in the Convergence area – to give the CCT some ‘teeth’ to fund direct interventions. We also proposed to ring fence 5% of ERDF for a CLLD, to work in harmony with the ESF for tackling poverty, to fund small scale interventions in deprived areas. We see this as an ideal opportunity to develop a multi-fund strategic tackling poverty project, potentially working in tandem with the LEADER approach in rural areas. Create a dedicated ERDF Priority for social enterprise (+ strengthen role in RDP Priority 6) – as it stands, the proposal is for the SME Competitiveness Priority to have scope for supporting social enterprises, but we have made a case for creating a dedicated theme within this for specialist business advice, grants and a loan scheme for social enterprise. Talk later about loans. Create a dedicated Priority for transnational co-operation – TC in mainstream ERDF/ESF projects has not worked in this round so we have proposed to give a higher profile to promoting this important opportunity to facilitate the exchange of best practice. Create a single PMC covering all EU funds – key mechanism to exploit synergies between funds and manage integration of rules and regs. Continue to support Technical Assistance for third sector – vital to provide representation and technical support.
  • Size of the Budget for East Wales – the budget for the RCE programme in East Wales will be affected by the UK budget settlement. Negs on-going between UK nations and UK Gov. Harmonisation of rules and regs – great aspiration, but concern that the framework is not in place at EU level, so difficult to envisage how it will filter down to project level to simplify project management and delivery. Shift the balance from ‘doing things right to doing the right things’ – Guilford Review of implementation arrangements suggested we have a solid foundation of compliance with EU rules and regs and now need to shift the focus to the quality of activities and outcomes that can bring about transformational change.
  • WCVA created the Communities Investment Fund as a mixed grant/loan scheme for social enterprise at the tail end of the Objective One Programme – which generated ‘clean’ match funding through re-paid loans (WEFO agreed can recycle if activities in line with original purpose of grant = clean and sustainable!) Now offering a portflio of loans from £1 - £250k through four schemes. CIF 2 We have subsequently been able use the repaid loans as clean match funding for the Communities Investment Fund 2, which is a £6m pot over 3 years (£3m ERDF; £2m WCVA MF, £1m WG) Provides loans (where the commercial sector won’t lend) up to £250k to enterprising TS orgs, with a small grant fund to get them investment ready eg feasibility studies. 50% of loans are £25-75k. Wellbeing Bonds – we have created this as a distinct brand (within CIF – using WG funds) to promote third sector delivery of public services across the board (ed, health, transport, social care). It provides eg working capital loans (for payment by results); bridging loans (on eg property); up-front investment. Case study: Cwm Taf Health Board, working with MH charities – aim to reduce anti-depressant prescriptions by providing alternative referral route for GPs through early MH interventions. Also social enterprise spin outs eg Community Coaches – two public sector staff left to set up soc ent that employs people from housing estates to work with individuals to manage benefits and meet payments to housing associations (rent benefits now direct to individuals not housing assoc) Micro Credit – won contract from Finance Wales to deliver loan scheme for £1-20k to TS orgs; and Unity Trust – agreed referral protocol for loans of £250k + (usually property) Challenges : Long lead in time for projects – takes time to spend EU grant Changing the culture of investment – exciting projects but totally fresh approach Small loan funds but has to be relative to the size of the market and demand for loans – most charities still need grants.
  • Any questions? Publicity info on Wellbeing Bonds
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    • 1. EU funding in Wales 2014-2020Judith StoneThird Sector European Team (3-SET)Wales Council for Voluntary Action  0800 2888 329 
    • 2. • Third sector projects 2007-2013• Partnership arrangements for Programmedesign• Key messages for Welsh consultation ondraft Operational Programmes• WCVA Wellbeing Bonds
    • 3. Third sector projects 2007-2013• Approx. £304m of EU + match funding has beencommitted to third sector projects– £212m to third sector lead/joint sponsors (direct bids)– £91m third sector contracted delivery• Transport, heritage, community buildings,community economic development, socialenterprise support, youth, employment, skills.
    • 4. Programme design• European Programmes Partnership Forum• Supported by work streams:– Operational Programmes– Delivery & Compliance– Monitoring & Evaluation– Territorial Co-operation• Integrated approach: ERDF, ESF, EAFRD,EMFF• Public consultation on draft OPs Jan-April 2013
    • 5. Recommendations1. Work with WCVA and third sector networks to facilitateinvolvement in design, commissioning and delivery2. Ring-fence 20% of ESF for tackling poverty and socialexclusion (in addition to CCT)3. Ring fence 5% of ERDF for CLLD4. Create a dedicated ERDF Priority for social enterprise5. Create a dedicated Priority for transnational co-operation6. Create a single PMC covering all EU funds7. Continue to support Technical Assistance for third sector
    • 6. Key concerns• Size of the Budget for East Wales• Harmonisation of rules and regs• Shift the balance from ‘doing things right todoing the right things’
    • 7. WCVA and loan finance• Communities Investment Fund• Wellbeing Bonds• Micro Credit• Unity TrustFor further information, please contact:Matthew Brown:
    • 8. Thank you for listening!Please contact me for further; 0800 2888 329