Accessing European Structural
Funds

Ingrid Gardiner
EU Manager
Ingrid.gardiner@ncvo-vol.org.uk
www.europeanfundingnetwork...
European Funding
Network
European Structural and
Investment Funds
Introduction to the European Structural and Investment Funds
•The Structural and ...
European Structural and
Investment Funds
2007-2013 Programme
DWP’s European Social Fund Division (ESFD) is the Managing Au...
Local Enterprise Partnerships
Proposed Delivery Arrangements
Local focus
new opportunities
• Opt in (e.g. Big Lottery
Fund) to complement
Growth Programme and
social inclusion
• Commu...
Role of Partners and EFN
• LEP engagement provider
• Following tight timescales investment strategies –
sent 31st of Janua...
•European Structural Investment Fund 2014-20
•High Level Business Process

•Local Enterprise Partnership
•Project Implemen...
Useful Resources
European Funding Network
www.europeanfundingnetwork.eu
LEP network
http://www.lepnetwork.org.uk/

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Accessing European Structural Funds

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This presentation was part of the Public Service Delivery Network meeting on 10 February 2010.

This presentation was by Ingrid Gardiner (EU Manager) from the NCVO and explored accessing european structural funds.

Find out more about NCVO's European Funding Network: http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu

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  • Introduction – background
    International & Partnerships team
    As well as co-ordinating the european funding network – working on balance of competences review, changes to EU procurement and research on ESF community grants in the current programme We also have a project funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation in my team called Its Our Community which focuses on community led projects both in the UK and Europe. LEP engagement work.
    My 10 minute slot will focus on EFN, quick tour of european funding in this programme and the next….
    Brief introduction to LEPS, some diagrams that you are familiar with and others that you are different.
  • Funded by ESF technical assistance I co-ordinate , the European Funding Network – group of experts of EU funding both local, regional and national members from civil society including RSPB, National Trust, Social Enterprise UK and the South West Forum
  • 7 year programme – match funding not 100% funding – addresses economic disparities in England as well know in this region we receive significant amounts of funding particularly Cornwall and the isles of Scilly from the current convergence programme.
    innovation, research and technological development
    support for small businesses
    the low carbon economy
    skills
    employment
    social inclusion
  • This page gives an overview of the following funding streams mostly used by civil society organisations
    Structural Funds - focusing on the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund
    Partnership and transnational work
    Financial instruments and Social business
    European Structural Funds 2007-2013
    Generally, the biggest amount of money that comes into England form the EU is via the EU Structural Funds.
    The 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.
    To see how much money goes into your region see our financial allocationpages on the EFN website.
    European Social Fund (ESF)
    ESF 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.
    European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
    ERDF 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.
    We 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.
    Partnership and transnational
    These 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
    Europe for Citizens
    This 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.
    PROGRESS
    PROGRESS 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.
    DAPHNE
    DAPHNE 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.
    Lifelong learning and vocational training
    Funding 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).
    Youth in Action
    Youth 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.
    Find out more on the British Council website.
    Culture Programme
    This 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.
    Details of opportunities are available on the UK’s Cultural Contact Point website.
    Environment
    Life + supports environmental and nature conservation projects. Priorities include biodiversity, environment policy and information and communication.
    Research and Innovation
    The 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.
    Sport
    Since 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.
    Find out more on the European Commission’s sport section.
    Match funding
    EU 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.
    State Aid
    Any 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.
    For more information on this, visit our State Aid Pages on the EFN website.
    Financial instruments
    There 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).
    The 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.
    For more information see NCVO policy pages on Social Business.
    CFOs 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.
    Details of any current, recent or planned CFO tendering rounds are provided below.
    Department for Work and Pensions
    National Offender Management Service
    Skills Funding Agency
    Central Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire Borough Council
    East Midlands Local Authority Consortium
    London Councils
    Greater London Authority
    Luton Borough Council
    Details of previous tendering rounds under the first half of the programme (2007 – 2010) can be viewed via the National Archives website.
    Projects funded so far under the 2007-2013 ESF programme are available on this website.
    Department for Work and Pensions
    There are no funding opportunities at the present time.
    Information on current DWP ESF programmes can be found on the following websites:
    ESF Support for Families with Multiple Problems - DWP
    Day one support young people - DWP.
    In 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.
    National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
    There are no funding opportunities at the present time.
    NOMS – European Social Fund (Ministry of Justice website)
    Please email cfo-social enterprise@noms.gsi.gov.uk with any queries.
    Skills Funding Agency
    There are no funding opportunities at the present time.
    Skills Funding Agency – ESF
    Central Bedfordshire Council
    There are no funding opportunities at the present time.
    Website: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/esf
    East Midlands Local Authority Consortium
    There are no funding opportunities at the present time.
    Lincolnshire County Council website
    London Councils
    Borough co-financing programme 2013-15
    Seven tender specifications have been designed in partnership with the boroughs of Brent, Enfield, Hackney, Havering, Islington, Redbridge and Sutton.
    Working 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
    The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 24 May 2013.
    Full details and how to apply:
    http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/grants/esf/
    Greater London Authority (GLA)
    Programme name: Day One Support for Young People (see Department for Work and Pensions above)
    Luton Borough Council
    All ESF tendering for Luton Borough Council has now been completed.
    The Council had previously carried out five procurement rounds and a total of ten ESF co-financed projects are currently being delivered.
    Luton Borough Council ESF co-financed projects (61KB)
  • 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
  • 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 Growth Board meeting on the 14th of September
    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.
    innovation, research and technological development
    support for small businesses
    the low carbon economy
    skills
    employment
    social inclusion
    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
  • I explained co-financing about two years ago EFN started conversations with the big lottery fund – big lottery funding objectives align with the European structural and investment funds. – Big lottery have offered match funding to LEPs. (50% for 2 years primarily under social inclusion and combating poverty thematic objectives ),
    Other opt ins from SFA and DWP 30 out of 29 LEPs have said yes to BIG lottery opt ins
    CLLD - 27 out of 39 LEPS indicated that they would like this approach.
    We have also explained to LEPS and govern – the value of volunteer time as match funding in kind – they do this in Wales – Gov said its an audit risk. We have an answer….timesheets and
    Social innovation – address social problems in a different way
  • ST
    LAGS select accountable body from structure or create a
    Legally constituted common structure
    Build the capacity of local actors to develop and implement operations
    Drawing up selection procedures
    Making calls for proposals
    Selection of proposals
    Monitoring and evaluation
  • ST
  • Accessing European Structural Funds

    1. 1. Accessing European Structural Funds Ingrid Gardiner EU Manager Ingrid.gardiner@ncvo-vol.org.uk www.europeanfundingnetwork.eu
    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. 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 Cofinancing 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 Community Grants through Grant Co-ordinating Bodies e.g. Engage, WEA, Surrey Community Action
    5. 5. Local Enterprise Partnerships
    6. 6. Proposed Delivery Arrangements
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. Role of Partners and EFN • LEP engagement provider • Following tight timescales investment strategies – sent 31st of January • Information sharing • Europeanfundingnetwork.eu • Blogs and updates on website • One to one surgeries with LEPs and contribution to LEP events • Wider information events 28th of February in Ely and 27th of March in York
    9. 9. •European Structural Investment Fund 2014-20 •High Level Business Process •Local Enterprise Partnership •Project Implementation •Investment Plan •Routes into the Programme •Opt-In •Negotiated procedure with Opt-In organisations •Open Call Seeks ideas to deliver against strategy •LEP Defined Activity •Commissioned investments / direct bids etc. •Assess Strategic Fit •Monitor Performance against Strategy •Confirm strategic fit •Instruction to Invest •Applicant •Write Initial Application •Managing Authority •Funding Agreemen t •Develop Full Application •Selection into the Programme •Facilitation to complete full Application Form •Funding Agreemen t •Technica l Appraisal •Project Delivery •Contract Management& Monitoring •Reporting – All data on IT system – Reports drawn off as required •Annex to Paper to the Growth Programme Board •Proje ct Close •Closu re
    10. 10. Useful Resources European Funding Network www.europeanfundingnetwork.eu LEP network http://www.lepnetwork.org.uk/ Prospectus European Funding https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds Toolkits http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu/policy/cohesion-policy-2014-2020/local-enterprise-pa

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