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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.

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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
  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 • One to one surgeries with LEPs • Wider information events in winter