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European Structural and Investment Funds : Community Grants Ingrid Gardiner
 

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  • {"16":"This page gives an overview of the following funding streams mostly used by civil society organisations\nStructural Funds - focusing on the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund\nPartnership and transnational work\nFinancial instruments and Social business\nEuropean Structural Funds 2007-2013\nGenerally, the biggest amount of money that comes into England form the EU is via the EU Structural Funds.\nThe Structural and Cohesion Funds are the EU’s main instruments for supporting social and economic restructuring across EU member states. They account for over one third of the European Union budget and are used to tackle regional disparities and support regional development through actions including developing infrastructure and telecommunications, developing human resources and supporting research and development.\nTo see how much money goes into your region see our financial allocationpages on the EFN website.\nEuropean Social Fund (ESF)\nESF is the EU’s main fund designed to help people into work and to invest skills and training of those furthest from the labour market. DWP’s European Social Fund Division (ESFD) is the Managing Authority of the ESF Programme in England and funding is ‘matched’ with UK Government funding. You can also access ESF through one of the Co-financing organisations, including NOMS, and Skills Funding Agency. More information on the European Social Fund in England is available at www.dwp.gov.uk/esf. For information on ESF and civil society, please go to our dedicated European Funding Network website.\nEuropean Regional Development Fund (ERDF)\nERDF is focused on reducing economic disparities within and between member states by supporting economic regeneration and safeguarding jobs. The Managing Authority of the fund in England is the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). For information on the programme visit the DCLG website.\nWe are in the last 2 years of the Structural funds programme. Negotiations on the 2014-2020 programme are already taking place. If you would like more information on the latest developments, please go to our European Funding Network website.\nPartnership and transnational\nThese European Community programme are awarded to implement projects or activities in relation to EU policies within fields as diverse as research, education, health, consumer protection, protection of the environment etc. Amongst these opportunities are programmes such as\nEurope for Citizens\nThis programme is designed to bring Europe closer to its citizens, promote active EU citizenship, and mutual understanding between citizens in different countries. Funding opportunities are listed on the European Commission website.\nPROGRESS\nPROGRESS is an integrated programme for employment and social solidarity to support the EU’s approach to employment and social affairs. Current call for proposals can be found on the PROGRESS website.\nDAPHNE\nDAPHNE is aimed at protecting vulnerable citizens from violence and protecting children’s rights. If your organisation is interested in applying for DAPHNE funding, view their on-line toolkit with resources including an archive of successful projects.\nLifelong learning and vocational training\nFunding for UK individuals to visit other European countries for training courses, job shadowing, work placements, and develop partnership with organisations in Europe. Examples of Programmes:- Grundtvig (adult education) and Leonardo (vocational education and training).\nYouth in Action\nYouth in action is a programme that aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. The national agency responsible for Youth in Action in the UK is the British Council. \nFind out more on the British Council website.\nCulture Programme\nThis programme funds projects that encourage intercultural dialogue, promote cross-border mobility of those working in the sector and and enhance cultural output and is available for not for profit organisations.\nDetails of opportunities are available on the UK’s Cultural Contact Point website. \nEnvironment\nLife + supports environmental and nature conservation projects. Priorities include biodiversity, environment policy and information and communication.\nResearch and Innovation\nThe two main funding sources of the EU’s research and innovation programme, are the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). There are also opportunities to fund research and innovation through the Structural Funds.\nSport\nSince the Lisbon Treaty gave the EU a competence on sport, there has been a focus on creating an EU programme for sport. Among the priorities will be encouraging volunteering in sport, and promoting social inclusion.\nFind out more on the European Commission’s sport section.\nMatch funding\nEU funds only cover a part of a projects’ costs so the rest of the funds need to be secured by 'matching it'' through EU public or private funding. Match funding is usually the responsibility of the applicant and all match funding will need to be evidenced.\nState Aid\nAny money given out by public bodies may constitute state aid. It is therefore important to be aware that there are strict rules designed to ensure EU competition and free trade rules are not breached. \nFor more information on this, visit our State Aid Pages on the EFN website.\nFinancial instruments\nThere is funding available in the forms of European Investment Bank loans, guarantees and investment to support SME’s (JEREMIE) and for sustainable urban development (JESSICA).\nThe Commission’s new Social Business Initiative will help start up schemes to access EU funding from 2014 onwards. The 90million Euros fund has been created to stimulate an EU wide Social Investment market.\nFor more information see NCVO policy pages on Social Business.\nCFOs contract with the providers that deliver ESF projects on the ground. Providers can be from the private, public or voluntary sectors. CFOs make ESF available through a process of open and competitive tendering. Successful providers do not have to find their own 'match funding', as CFOs are responsible for both the ESF money and match funding.\nDetails of any current, recent or planned CFO tendering rounds are provided below.\nDepartment for Work and Pensions\nNational Offender Management Service\nSkills Funding Agency\nCentral Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire Borough Council\nEast Midlands Local Authority Consortium\nLondon Councils\nGreater London Authority\nLuton Borough Council\nDetails of previous tendering rounds under the first half of the programme (2007 – 2010) can be viewed via the National Archives website.\nProjects funded so far under the 2007-2013 ESF programme are available on this website.\nDepartment for Work and Pensions\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time.\nInformation on current DWP ESF programmes can be found on the following websites:\nESF Support for Families with Multiple Problems - DWP\nDay one support young people - DWP.\nIn line with Cabinet Office guidance, details of all live public sector opportunities to tender and contract information are published on Contracts Finder on the GOV.UK website. The published information relates to contracts with a value of £10,000 and above.\nNational Offender Management Service (NOMS)\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time. \nNOMS – European Social Fund (Ministry of Justice website)\nPlease email cfo-social enterprise@noms.gsi.gov.uk with any queries. \nSkills Funding Agency\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time.\nSkills Funding Agency – ESF\nCentral Bedfordshire Council\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time.\nWebsite: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/esf\nEast Midlands Local Authority Consortium\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time.\nLincolnshire County Council website \nLondon Councils\nBorough co-financing programme 2013-15\nSeven tender specifications have been designed in partnership with the boroughs of Brent, Enfield, Hackney, Havering, Islington, Redbridge and Sutton.\nWorking with the European Socal Fund these boroughs have created a £1.3 million programme to support people into employment through local projects. Project delivery is expected to commence in July 2013 and finish in June 2015\nThe deadline for applications is 12 noon on 24 May 2013. \nFull details and how to apply:\nhttp://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/grants/esf/\nGreater London Authority (GLA)\nProgramme name: Day One Support for Young People (see Department for Work and Pensions above)\nLuton Borough Council\nAll ESF tendering for Luton Borough Council has now been completed.\nThe Council had previously carried out five procurement rounds and a total of ten ESF co-financed projects are currently being delivered.\nLuton Borough Council ESF co-financed projects (61KB) \n","5":"160,000 voluntary organisations\n£38.3 billion: voluntary sector income\n732,000: voluntary sector employees\nThe majority of the UK’s voluntary organisations are very small: just under 84,000 (52% of the ‘population’) have an annual income of less than £10,000, and we have categorised these as micro. Many are small: a further 52,000 (32%) have an income of less than £100,000. However, these small and micro organisations account for 5.4% of the sector’s total income, are unlikely to employ paid staff, and rely more on donations from individuals than larger organisations.\nOften focus on the largest organisations in policy talks, but smaller organisations make up the majority of the sector. Issues that affect organisations are different.\n","11":"An “EU Growth Programme” to be financed by ERDF and ESF with a contribution from EAFRD\nA single “EU Growth Programme Board” incorporating a joint Programme Managing Committee for ESF and ERDF\nLEPs to be the fundamental building blocks receiving a 7 year notional allocation subject to periodic performance reviews\nLEPs 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.\nGovernment 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.\nNational co-financing initiatives to take account of local needs\n‘ITIs’ may be an option in a limited number of places - where this arrangement will deliver better value, higher impact results.\ninnovation, research and technological development \nsupport for small businesses \nthe low carbon economy \nskills \nemployment \nsocial inclusion \n","17":"ST\nLAGS select accountable body from structure or create a \nLegally constituted common structure\nBuild the capacity of local actors to develop and implement operations\nDrawing up selection procedures\nMaking calls for proposals\nSelection of proposals\nMonitoring and evaluation\n","18":"ST\n","7":"A unifying concern is funding environment – before I come on to talk about policy issues, important to understand where the sector currently gets its money from…\n","13":"The role of civil society with LEPs\nengagement with all stakeholders, including social partners, must form an integral part of the prioritisation and investment of EU funding.\nBuilding 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\nexciting element of LEP strategic development.\nThe VCS is capable of providing a vital multi-level support and delivery\nfunction to LEPs from both a cross sector and partnership delivery\nperspective as well as in relation to specific thematic Partnership Groups that\nwill be required as part of their strategic development and delivery role. In\nrelation to engagement with economic development and structures both the\nEuropean Commission and the UK government refer to the VCS as forming\npart of ‘Civil Society’; encapsulating what we might consider previously as\nthe ‘third sector’ and including co-operatives, CICs / social enterprises,\nmutuals and trade unions.\n","14":"ST\n","15":"ST\n","10":"This page gives an overview of the following funding streams mostly used by civil society organisations\nStructural Funds - focusing on the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund\nPartnership and transnational work\nFinancial instruments and Social business\nEuropean Structural Funds 2007-2013\nGenerally, the biggest amount of money that comes into England form the EU is via the EU Structural Funds.\nThe Structural and Cohesion Funds are the EU’s main instruments for supporting social and economic restructuring across EU member states. They account for over one third of the European Union budget and are used to tackle regional disparities and support regional development through actions including developing infrastructure and telecommunications, developing human resources and supporting research and development.\nTo see how much money goes into your region see our financial allocationpages on the EFN website.\nEuropean Social Fund (ESF)\nESF is the EU’s main fund designed to help people into work and to invest skills and training of those furthest from the labour market. DWP’s European Social Fund Division (ESFD) is the Managing Authority of the ESF Programme in England and funding is ‘matched’ with UK Government funding. You can also access ESF through one of the Co-financing organisations, including NOMS, and Skills Funding Agency. More information on the European Social Fund in England is available at www.dwp.gov.uk/esf. For information on ESF and civil society, please go to our dedicated European Funding Network website.\nEuropean Regional Development Fund (ERDF)\nERDF is focused on reducing economic disparities within and between member states by supporting economic regeneration and safeguarding jobs. The Managing Authority of the fund in England is the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). For information on the programme visit the DCLG website.\nWe are in the last 2 years of the Structural funds programme. Negotiations on the 2014-2020 programme are already taking place. If you would like more information on the latest developments, please go to our European Funding Network website.\nPartnership and transnational\nThese European Community programme are awarded to implement projects or activities in relation to EU policies within fields as diverse as research, education, health, consumer protection, protection of the environment etc. Amongst these opportunities are programmes such as\nEurope for Citizens\nThis programme is designed to bring Europe closer to its citizens, promote active EU citizenship, and mutual understanding between citizens in different countries. Funding opportunities are listed on the European Commission website.\nPROGRESS\nPROGRESS is an integrated programme for employment and social solidarity to support the EU’s approach to employment and social affairs. Current call for proposals can be found on the PROGRESS website.\nDAPHNE\nDAPHNE is aimed at protecting vulnerable citizens from violence and protecting children’s rights. If your organisation is interested in applying for DAPHNE funding, view their on-line toolkit with resources including an archive of successful projects.\nLifelong learning and vocational training\nFunding for UK individuals to visit other European countries for training courses, job shadowing, work placements, and develop partnership with organisations in Europe. Examples of Programmes:- Grundtvig (adult education) and Leonardo (vocational education and training).\nYouth in Action\nYouth in action is a programme that aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. The national agency responsible for Youth in Action in the UK is the British Council. \nFind out more on the British Council website.\nCulture Programme\nThis programme funds projects that encourage intercultural dialogue, promote cross-border mobility of those working in the sector and and enhance cultural output and is available for not for profit organisations.\nDetails of opportunities are available on the UK’s Cultural Contact Point website. \nEnvironment\nLife + supports environmental and nature conservation projects. Priorities include biodiversity, environment policy and information and communication.\nResearch and Innovation\nThe two main funding sources of the EU’s research and innovation programme, are the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). There are also opportunities to fund research and innovation through the Structural Funds.\nSport\nSince the Lisbon Treaty gave the EU a competence on sport, there has been a focus on creating an EU programme for sport. Among the priorities will be encouraging volunteering in sport, and promoting social inclusion.\nFind out more on the European Commission’s sport section.\nMatch funding\nEU funds only cover a part of a projects’ costs so the rest of the funds need to be secured by 'matching it'' through EU public or private funding. Match funding is usually the responsibility of the applicant and all match funding will need to be evidenced.\nState Aid\nAny money given out by public bodies may constitute state aid. It is therefore important to be aware that there are strict rules designed to ensure EU competition and free trade rules are not breached. \nFor more information on this, visit our State Aid Pages on the EFN website.\nFinancial instruments\nThere is funding available in the forms of European Investment Bank loans, guarantees and investment to support SME’s (JEREMIE) and for sustainable urban development (JESSICA).\nThe Commission’s new Social Business Initiative will help start up schemes to access EU funding from 2014 onwards. The 90million Euros fund has been created to stimulate an EU wide Social Investment market.\nFor more information see NCVO policy pages on Social Business.\nCFOs contract with the providers that deliver ESF projects on the ground. Providers can be from the private, public or voluntary sectors. CFOs make ESF available through a process of open and competitive tendering. Successful providers do not have to find their own 'match funding', as CFOs are responsible for both the ESF money and match funding.\nDetails of any current, recent or planned CFO tendering rounds are provided below.\nDepartment for Work and Pensions\nNational Offender Management Service\nSkills Funding Agency\nCentral Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire Borough Council\nEast Midlands Local Authority Consortium\nLondon Councils\nGreater London Authority\nLuton Borough Council\nDetails of previous tendering rounds under the first half of the programme (2007 – 2010) can be viewed via the National Archives website.\nProjects funded so far under the 2007-2013 ESF programme are available on this website.\nDepartment for Work and Pensions\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time.\nInformation on current DWP ESF programmes can be found on the following websites:\nESF Support for Families with Multiple Problems - DWP\nDay one support young people - DWP.\nIn line with Cabinet Office guidance, details of all live public sector opportunities to tender and contract information are published on Contracts Finder on the GOV.UK website. The published information relates to contracts with a value of £10,000 and above.\nNational Offender Management Service (NOMS)\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time. \nNOMS – European Social Fund (Ministry of Justice website)\nPlease email cfo-social enterprise@noms.gsi.gov.uk with any queries. \nSkills Funding Agency\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time.\nSkills Funding Agency – ESF\nCentral Bedfordshire Council\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time.\nWebsite: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/esf\nEast Midlands Local Authority Consortium\nThere are no funding opportunities at the present time.\nLincolnshire County Council website \nLondon Councils\nBorough co-financing programme 2013-15\nSeven tender specifications have been designed in partnership with the boroughs of Brent, Enfield, Hackney, Havering, Islington, Redbridge and Sutton.\nWorking with the European Socal Fund these boroughs have created a £1.3 million programme to support people into employment through local projects. Project delivery is expected to commence in July 2013 and finish in June 2015\nThe deadline for applications is 12 noon on 24 May 2013. \nFull details and how to apply:\nhttp://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/grants/esf/\nGreater London Authority (GLA)\nProgramme name: Day One Support for Young People (see Department for Work and Pensions above)\nLuton Borough Council\nAll ESF tendering for Luton Borough Council has now been completed.\nThe Council had previously carried out five procurement rounds and a total of ten ESF co-financed projects are currently being delivered.\nLuton Borough Council ESF co-financed projects (61KB) \n"}

European Structural and Investment Funds : Community Grants Ingrid Gardiner European Structural and Investment Funds : Community Grants Ingrid Gardiner Presentation Transcript

  • European Structural and Investment Funds : Community Grants Ingrid Gardiner EU Manager Ingrid.gardiner@ncvo-vol.org.uk
  • What NCVO does Training & Capacity Building on key areas: • Governance & Leadership • Sustainable Funding • Campaigning, Collaboration & ICT • Workforce Development • Helpdesk • Pilots, knowledge sharing and new ways of working • Co-ordinates the European Funding Network
  • European Funding Network
  • 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.
  • Size of sector
  • Income and expenditure
  • Trends in funding
  • Trends in funding
  • Funding & Finance • Major reductions in public spending (20%) still coming through • Shift from grants to contracts • EU funds 2014-2020 • Move towards social investment, eg. bonds and loans • Need to find ways to link public sector funds with foundations and corporate partners
  • European Structural and Investment Funds 2007-2013 Programme DWP’s European Social Fund Division (ESFD) is the Managing Authority of the ESF Programme in England and funding is ‘matched’ with UK Government funding. You can also access ESF through one of the Co-financing organisations, including NOMS, and Skills Funding Agency, Department for Work and Pensions More information on the European Social Fund in England is available at www.dwp.gov.uk/esf. For information on ESF and civil society, please go to our dedicated European Funding Network website. Above opportunities tendered through PQQ and ITT
  • Proposed Delivery Arrangements
  • European Structural and Investment Funds • 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
  • 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
  • Community Grants - ESF • ESF community grants are grants of up to £12,000 which enable small VCS organisations to work with most disadvantaged and excluded people. • The grants have a local focus and seek to move people closer to the labour market. They support a wide range of activities including: • initial help with basic skills • taster work experience, including voluntary work • training, advice and counselling • confidence building.
  • Community Grants - ESF • People with disabilities or health conditions (inc. those with learning difficulties, mental health issues or drug and alcohol dependency problems) • People aged 50 or over and seeking employment • People from ethnic minorities • Women • Lone parents • Case Studies
  • 2007-2013 Programme Community Grants through Grant Co-ordinating Bodies   CFO Region/ area Community Grant Body Skills Funding Agency Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Cornwall Development Company Ltd Skills Funding Agency East Midlands Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Voluntary and Community Sector Lea Skills Funding Agency East of England The Consultancy Home Counties Limited London Councils London London Councils Skills Funding Agency North East County Durham Community Federation Skills Funding Agency North West WEA: Learning For Life Skills Funding Agency South East Surrey Community Action Skills Funding Agency South West The Learning Curve (Voluntary Sector Development ) Skills Funding Agency West Midlands Black Country Consortium Limited Skills Funding Agency West Midlands Heart of England Community Foundation Skills Funding Agency Yorkshire & The Humber Humber Learning Consortium
  • Why should LEPs consider Community Grants? • Flexible programme that encourages innovative practices to support a wide range of employment focused activity • Targets those furthest away from the labour market • High volume of soft outcomes • Builds organisational capacity • Contributes to LEP priorities and social inclusion targets (20%)
  • Useful Resources To help think through how Community Grants might be used the following links may be useful: DWP - ESF Community Grants http://www.dwp.gov.uk/esf/funding-opportunities/community-grants/ SFA - ESF Community Grants (scroll down the page) http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/providers/programmes/esf/ European Funding Network http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu/news/Community-grants-2014-2015 Community Grants Presentation from LEP Engagement event http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu/events/engaging-with-your-leps
  • Timetable Domestic timetable October 2013 – Investment Strategies to BIS – final strategies to be submitted by the end of January 2014 October – November – feedback to LEPs Partnership Agreement – end of December Operational Programme – end of December Launch of Funding Rounds – October 2014?
  • Questions? Thank you and remember that this is an opportunity for you… http://www.europeanfundingnetwork.eu Thank you!