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Get involved in EU funding (NCVO Annual Conference 2012)


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Knowing how and where to secure funding is vital for your organisation’s sustainability. In a time of funding cuts, knowing where to find multiple funding streams is more important than ever.

The merger of NCVO and the Third Sector European Network gives you access to unparalleled expertise in how to influence EU decision-making. This workshop will give you practical knowledge of how to access the European Social Fund and other Brussels-based funding streams alongside local success stories.

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Get involved in EU funding (NCVO Annual Conference 2012)

  1. 1. Get involved in EU funding•Tamara Flanagan, Chair, European Funding Network,NCVO•John Goodman, Head of Policy, Cooperatives UK•Oliver Henman, EU and International Campaigns Manager,NCVO•Sandra Turner, Head of Policy, Cooperatives UK
  2. 2. Funding from Europe Tamara Flanagan06/03/2012 2
  3. 3. Introduction There are many sources of funding from Europe. Those used by civil society groups fall into 3 groups. Funding for activity delivered at national level ESF/ERDF/Interreg /EAGFF- Grant recipients and contractors receive EU funds via national and regional authorities comprise 80% of the EU budget. Transnational and partnership work Social Innovation/Business06/03/2012 3
  4. 4. Partnership and transnational work Funding agencies in the UK ECORYS-Leonardo and Gruntvig British Council-Youth in Action06/03/2012 4
  5. 5. UK AgenciesLeonardo -ECORYS Mobility ProjectsMobility Projects allow you to provide staff, students, job seekers and apprentices with a unique opportunity to enhance their skills on a work placement in another European country. Partnerships (small scale co-operation)Partnerships allow you to work with your European counterparts on issues of mutual interest, to share ideas and discuss common problems. Transfer of Innovation (large scale co-operation)Transfer of Innovation allows you to work with European partners to transfer and adapt innovative vocational education and training materials and methods.06/03/2012 5
  6. 6. EU Level Multilateral ProjectsLeonardo Multilateral Projects (also known as Development of Innovation projects) are large-scale European projects which aim to develop innovative materials for vocational education and training. NetworksLeonardo Networks are large-scale European networks which aim to support the sharing of ideas, information and good practice in vocational education and training. Accompanying MeasuresLeonardo Accompanying Measures aim to support activities to implement and disseminate the Leonardo Programme. 6
  7. 7. UK Agencies Grundtvig-ECORYS Mobility Projects. Funding for UK individuals to visit other European countries for: - Training courses - Conferences or seminars - Job shadowing (up to 3 months) - Work placements (3-10 months) Send staff to: - Meet European partners for future project work Small scale co-operation) Funding for UK organisations to share expertise in adult education across Europe. You can: - Develop partnerships with organisations in Europe - Run exchange project for senior volunteers (aged 50+) - Host workshops for adult 7
  8. 8. EU LevelThe Grundtvig programme funds a number of opportunities for more experienced adult education organisations to develop new materials and manage European networks. Large Scale cooperation These projects, known as Multilateral Projects, Networks and Accompanying Measures, are not managed by Ecorys. They are looked after by the European Commissions Executive Agency based in Brussels and are called centralised actions. If you would like further information, or want some advice on applying, then please contact the Executive Agency directly. 8
  9. 9. UK AgenciesYouth in Action Action 1 - Youth for Europe Encourages young peoples active citizenship, participation and creativity through youth exchanges, youth initiatives and youth democracy projects. Action 2 - European Voluntary Service Helps young people to develop their sense of solidarity by participating, either individually or in group, in non-profit, unpaid voluntary activities abroad. Action 3 - Youth in the World Promotes partnerships and exchanges among young people and youth organisations across the world. Action 4 - Youth Support Systems Includes various measures to support youth workers and youth organisations and improve the quality of their activities. Action 5 - Support for European Co-operation in the Youth field Supports youth policy co-operation at European level, in particular by facilitating dialogue between young people and policy makers. MA06/03/2012 9
  10. 10. UK Agencies IICurrent Priorities for Youth in Action Projects aimed at promoting young peoples commitment towards a more inclusive growth, and notably projects tackling the issue of youth unemployment as well as projects aimed at stimulating unemployed young peoples mobility . Projects addressing the issue of poverty and marginalisation and encouraging young peoples awareness and commitment to tackling these issues. Projects in particular on the inclusion of young migrants, disabled young people, and where relevant Roma youth; Projects stimulating young peoples spirit of initiative, creativity and entrepreneurship, and employability, in particular through youth initiatives; projects promoting healthy behaviours, in particular through the promotion of the practice of sport and outdoor activities. Projects promoting active participation of young people in society; Projects aimed at raising young peoples awareness and mobilisation in tackling global environmental challenges and climate change, thus encouraging the development of green skills and behaviours among young people and youth workers and their commitment to a more sustainable growth.06/03/2012 10
  11. 11. EU LevelYouth ProgrammesIMPLEMENTATION AT EUROPEAN LEVEL THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION . Unit D1 is in charge of political aspects, while Unit D2 is responsible for the administration. These two mutually co-ordinate the political developments and activities supported by the Youth in Action programme. THE EDUCATION, AUDIOVISUAL, AND CULTURE EXCUTIVE AGENCY The Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency is notably responsible for the implementation of the centralised Actions of the programme including Youth in the World. Through their Youth help desk, they answer enquiries by promoters and participants.06/03/2012 11
  12. 12. EU Level DG COMM DG Justice Active citizenship unit DG ECHO DG ENVIRO DG SANCO Your work DG Employment et Social affairs DG MARKT (Int Market) DG Research & Innovation06/03/2012 12
  13. 13. Case Study Income from administering Grundtvig and Leonardo projects Member of 2/3Partnership project Participant in Research Framework Successful delivery of a flagship project Support from European Foundations06/03/2012 13
  14. 14. EU Level Things to think about Need to commit to European dimension to your work. Need to devote resource to this work Need to identify partners We are in the last 2 years of current programme Distinguish between current opportunities and talk of the future Engage in those activities that will help ensure VCSE friendly programme 2014-2020 Hard to achieve Full Cost Recovery EU Funding programmes last for 7 years and are less prone to administration change.06/03/2012 14
  15. 15. The websitesLife long Learning• training• in Action Citizenship 15
  16. 16. Social enterprise and innovation John Goodman Co-operatives UK
  17. 17. Social business / social enterprise• Primary objective is to achieve social impact rather than generating profit for owners and shareholders;• Operates in the market through the production of goods and services in an entrepreneurial and innovative way;• Uses surpluses mainly to achieve these social goals and• Managed by social entrepreneurs in an accountable and transparent way, in particular by involving workers, customers and stakeholders affected by its business activity.
  18. 18. Existing programmes• Some use of ERDF (NW, London…). Mostly committed but still opportunities (NW)• Innovation, Mainstreaming and Transnational programme (climate change, ageing population, social enterprise, ICT)• Progress
  19. 19. Social Investment Fund• €50m (£43m) from 2012• Managed by the European Investment Fund (part of European Investment Bank)• No more details as yet
  20. 20. European Social Entrepreneurship Fund• A new common brand• Funds that market themselves using this brand would have to invest at least 70% of their funds in social businesses.• Each European Social Entrepreneurship Fund would have to provide key information to investors in a standardised way. This would cover such areas as the social objectives of the fund, the social businesses it invests in, and how the fund will assess how well these businesses achieve their social goals.• European Social Entrepreneurship Funds would have the right to gather investments from investors across the whole EU without incurring major costs. They would be supervised – to ensure they follow the rules – by the authorities in their Member State where they are based.• Only available to professional investors at the start. Retail investors later.
  21. 21. Programme for Social Change and Innovation• Progress• EURES• Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship)• Complementary to ESF• 2014 onwards
  22. 22. Social Business Initiative• Part of the Programme for Social Change and Innovation• Generating sustainable jobs and facilitating social and work integration, improving the quality of social and healthcare etc (thus contributing to inclusive growth)• Introducing efficient ways to reduce emissions and waste, and to use natural resources and energy more efficiently (thus contributing to sustainable growth)• Focusing on innovation and the participatory use of the internet (thus contributing to smart growth).• 11 measures
  23. 23. European financial instrument• €90m (£77m) fund to support the development of social enterprise.• aims to "facilitate access to funding for start-up, development and expansion of social enterprises" and invest in other funds that invest in the social enterprise world.• Operational from 2014.
  24. 24. ESF and ERDF• Social enterprise and innovation will be more cenral to the next programme• So will ‘Community Led Local Development’• Again, details unclear
  25. 25. Innovation• “new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations.” Open Book of Social Innovation (Young Foundation)• “…identify, evaluate and scale up innovative solutions and practice through social experimentation to assist the Member States more effectively in reforming their labour markets and social protection policies. It should also act as a catalyst for transnational partnerships and networking between public, private and third- sector actors as well as supporting their involvement in designing and implementing new approaches to tackling pressing social needs and challenges.”• Social Innovation Europe• Deloitte: 50 most innovative social enterprises
  26. 26. Challenges• Usual rules apply – match funding, bureaucracy• What is innovation?• Conservative culture and benefits system inimical to enterprise-based innovation• Beneficiaries as co-creators• Marginal to mainstream
  27. 27. 5March 2012 Get Involved in EU FundingStructural Funds Programme 2007-13 Sandra Turner
  28. 28. Content• ESF & ERDF 2007-13: overview• Accessing ESF• Accessing ERDF• The way forward post - 2013
  29. 29. Introduction• Main resources of EU Cohesion Policy• Supporting EU Growth Strategies, Lisbon Agenda, Europe 2020• Economic, social and territorial cohesion• Investing in People (ESF) and Places (ERDF)• Represent 1/3 of the EU budget (€355 billion)• 7 years programmes• Real cash for civil society organisations• New policy priorities e.g. gender, sustainable dev.• Adding value to domestic initiatives
  30. 30. Investing in PeopleUnemployed & EconomicallyInactiveAdults and Young People (NEETS)Basic Skills Needs for workforceDisabledAged 50 plusEthnic MinoritiesWomen Other disadvantaged groups(offenders, ex-offenders, homeless..)
  31. 31. ESF in England 2007-13What is it worth The ESF programme:Over £2.5 billion ESF + £2.5 billion • Mainstream ESFnational funding • Innovation & Transnational • Community Grants • Technical AssistanceHow is it delivered?CO- FINANCED by national CFOs Who can access it?• DWP (unemployed) Private• Skills Funding Agency (young Public unemployed and skills) Civil Society Organisations• NOMS: offenders and ex-offenders• Local Authorities
  32. 32. Activities supported by ESF1. Advice and guidance2. Work preparation activities3. Vocational training and work placements4. Basic Skills, Level 2 and 3 qualification5. Training for those who face redundacies6. Skills for social enterprise7. Training of older workers,8. Training of low skilled & low paid women9. Confidence building and employability (Community Grants)10. Distance travelled/Progress Measures/soft outcomes
  33. 33. Accessing ESF 2011-13CFOs Procurement mechanisms:• Open and Competitive Tendering (with few exceptions)• From grant to contract finance• Payment by Results• Preferred Providers: DWP Related Support Services Framework (ERSS) Skills Funding Agency Register of Training Organisations• Prime Provider or lead contractor model• Large scale contracts (DWP & NOMS) and Minimum Contract levels of £500K (Skills Funding Agency) CSOs: mainly sub-contracting with few exceptions e.g.Community Grants, Innovation and Technical Assistance
  34. 34. ESF 2011-13: current opportunities for CSOs 1) As Sub-Contractors or a consortiaDWP: Work Programme & ESF Programme for Families with multiple problemsSkills Funding Agency: Apprentships Grants for EmployerNOMS: Social Enterprise ProgrammeLocal authorities: GLA 2) Direct Access to ESF Community Grants Programme Local Authorities 3) Technical Assistance to support the sector participate butthere is the on-going challenge of sourcing local match funding
  35. 35. ESF Community Grants- Grants of £12K to help people access the labour market for small voluntary and community sector organisations• Supporting a range of activities, aimed at assisting the disadvantaged or excluded to move closer to the labour market, focusing on individuals who have difficulty accessing ESF or mainstream provision outcomes• Based on progression rather than achievement of jobs or qualifications• Activities include first contact engagement, confidence building, help with basic skills, taster work experience, volunteering ,training, advice, counselling, job search
  36. 36. Accessing ESF 2011-13GLA Youth Programme (£10m)Young people (16-25) with LDD (£3.5m for 3 grants)Young Offenders (14- 17) Resettlement (£3.5m 3 grants)Young People (14-16) excluded from school (£2.5m 2 grants) Individual bids, consortium or lead delivery partner model 52 weeks engagement Employment outcomes 21 March 2012 _ PQQ 4 May 2012 _ full application June/July 2012 interviews
  37. 37. Accessing ESF 2011-13NOMSSocial Enterprise Consortia Building ProgrammeAims: ‘to test how enterprises can work together to create a ‘supply chain’ offeringoffenders employment and skills activities; create new consortia models better ableto participate in current and future tendering opportunities£1m available across 15 ‘lots’ across England (national, regional and local levels)23 February 2012: deadline for expression of interestLaunch events (to take place on 6th March 2012 (London), 7th March 2012 (Bristol),13th March 2012 (Birmingham) and 14th March 2012 (Leeds)
  38. 38. ERDF• ERDF £2.9billion for 2007-13• Must source public or private match fundingPriorities:Innovation & Knowledge transferBusiness Support including for Social EnterpriseSustainable developmentBuilding Sustainable Communities
  39. 39. ESF 2014-2020 The way forward ‘Distinctive Place’ for CSOs in the Structural Funds•A Social Inclusion Priority in ESF•Targeted interventions & appropriate outcomes for those furthest away from the labour market•Local Development, Social Innovation and Transnational dimension•Enable more flexibility outside CFOs and the Work programme (e.g. Wales and Scotland)‘Enabling Funding Environment’ for direct access to the Structural Funds•Expanded Global Grants Programme;•Volunteer time as match funding in kind;•Smaller contract packages‘Strategic involvement’ of CSOs in design, implementation and evaluationof the funds•Accessibility of Technical Assistance•Quality of Partnership•Improved evaluation