CSF Funds: Opportunities for Civil Society Organisations

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This presentation covered CSF funds: Opportunities for civil service organisations.

This presentation was given by Ingrid Gardiner at a regional VCS strategic EU meeting.

Find out more about the NCVO's european policy work: 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 LEPs to be the fundamental building blocks receiving a 7 year notional allocation subject to periodic performance reviews 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.
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  • CSF Funds: Opportunities for Civil Society Organisations

    1. 1. CSF Funds: Opportunities for CivilSociety OrganisationsIngrid GardinerEuropean and International UnitNCVO
    2. 2. What NCVO doesTraining & 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
    3. 3. European FundingNetwork
    4. 4. Overview of StructuralFunds• European Social Fund (ESF), European RegionalDevelopment Fund (ERDF), the European Agricultural Fundfor Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritimeand Fisheries Fund (EMFF).• In the 2007-2013, programme worth over £2.5 billion ESF+ £2.5 billion national funding• Programme themes – innovation & transnationalapproaches, community grants, and technical assistance• Who can access funding? private, public and nongovernmental organisations
    5. 5. ESF – A past and currentperspective in the UK• Direct Bidding to Sector Based Co-ordinating Body withMatch Funding• Open Regional Competition with Match Funding• Co-financing• Open Competitive Tendering and Commissioning – PQQand ITT• Prime contracting model along with some local funding e.g.ESF Community Grants, Technical Assistance
    6. 6. EU Common StrategicFramework Funds• Economic landscape : recession• EU budget & Structural Funds in particular :MORE focussed on driving the EU forward vs globalcompetitors / EU 2020• Concentration of EU investment on top drivers of EUgrowth & delivering UK National Reform Plan• More flexibility to align EU funds to increase impact(regional, social, rural and fisheries)• Streamlining red tape
    7. 7. EU Common StrategicFramework InvestmentThemes1. Innovation and R&D2. ICT: Improving access; quality and usage3. SMEs: Improving competitiveness, incl. in the agriculturaland aquaculture sectors4. Shift to low carbon economy5. Climate change adaptation and risk management6. Environmental protection & resource efficiency7. Sustainable transport and unblocking key networks8. Employment and labour mobility9. Social inclusion and fighting poverty10.Education, skills and lifelong learning11.Improving institutional capacity for efficientpublic administration
    8. 8. European Commission PositionPaper (6 December 2012)1. Promoting Employment & supporting labour mobility- Focus on young people and NEETS (incl. apprentships/start-ups) unemployed and economically inactive2. Reducing the risk of social exclusion- Focus on those with multiple disadvantage, low skills,workless households, childcare, active inclusion3. R&D- Focus on science and technology; commercialization;knowledge into new products4. SMEs support- Focus on access to funding for SMEs, export related sectors,FEIs5. Shift to Low Carbon economy + protecting the environment- Focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, biodiversity
    9. 9. Road Show Proposed DeliveryArrangementsProjectsCommunity Led LocalDevelopment, including Leaderand FLAGsMaritimeandFisheriesProgramme(EMFF)RuralDevelopmentProgramme(EAFRD)Growth Programme(ERDF, ESF & EAFRD)
    10. 10. Top priorities of theGrowth Programmeaccording to theGovernment are:• Research, technological development and innovation – esp.commercialisation• Raising SME competitiveness – esp. re exports• Shift to low-carbon economy – esp. energy efficiency & renewabletechnologies• Employment & skills (incl. social inclusion)• Other objectives:– Climate change adaptation, risk prevention & management– Environmental protection & resource efficiency– Sustainable transport and removing network bottlenecks– Access to & use of ICT
    11. 11. TimetableIf MFF agreed in February 2013→ Regulations adopted bythe end of 2013 PA submitted in summer 2013 Ops→ →submitted in Dec 2013 Mid 2014 Programme Starts.→If MFF not agreed as above timetable delayed by 6 monthsDomestic timetableSpring 2013 –Guidance to LEPs on EU Investment Strategies issued;UK Partnership Agreement out to formal consultationPartners encouraged to link up with LEPs NOW to develop‘transformational’ projects.
    12. 12. Local focusnew opportunities?• More integrated programmes / geographic flexibility• Community-led local development (all 4 funds)‘Local Action Groups’ able to draw on all 4 Strategic Frameworkfunds according to an integrated plan.• Joint Action Plans (ERDF & ESF only)Lump sum payments to a single beneficiary more than €5m or10% (current proposals) of an Operational Programme -whichever is lower - to manage a group of projects aimed ata specific purpose (but not for major infrastructure)• Integrated Territorial Investments (ERDF & ESF only)Urban development or Territorial strategy drawing on amultiplicity of programme strands and programmes. Aspectsof management can be delegated to a city or NGO.
    13. 13. Priorities for CSOsIn summary, the European Funding Network is advocating for:•A greater role for civil society organisations in the delivery ofthe Funds•A specific stream of funding for projects which deliver socialinclusion, skills, jobs and sustainable growth particularly inareas of need (both urban and rural) and high unemployment•Removing barriers to civil society involvement by introducing adedicated co-financing organisation for the sector•Greater involvement of civil society in Local EnterprisePartnerships through collaboration, board membership andconsultation
    14. 14. Priorities for CSOs• A blend of funding/delivery mechanisms and paymentsystems (grants, contracts, community-led localdevelopment) to increase flexibility to deliver the keypriorities• Small scale social investment and capacity building of CSOsincluding the support for investment readiness of co-operatives and social enterprises to meet local communityneeds and provide employment• Recognition of the role that civil society can play in themitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change• Technical Assistance and the development of core skills andcapacity of civil society organisations to fully engage in theseprogrammes.
    15. 15. Opportunities forCSOs• Co-financing Organisation for the sector (e.g. Big LotteryFund) to complement Growth Programme• Community Led Local Development• Community Grants
    16. 16. Questions?Thank you and remember that this is an opportunity for you…http://www.europeanfundingnetwork.euThank you!

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