Welcome to the June issue of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds Programme Bulletin. This month, alongside the usual Programme updates, we include an item on ERDF environment month and the latest position with the ESF Reserve Fund.
New ERDF Calls
More than 130 new ERDF calls, worth in excess of £600 million, have just been published on the funding finder: https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds
June is ERDF England Environment month
With 5 June being World Environment Day and 20 June being Clean Air Day, we decided to make June ‘ERDF England Environment Month’. We’ve been active on our various Twitter and YouTube platforms promoting some of our most significant projects. We’re drawing things to a close with short features in the June issues of this and the ERDF Practitioner bulletins.
Many of you will know that of our nine priority areas, three are dedicated to protecting our environment and addressing climate change – we’ve funded some exceptional projects, including:
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Energy Market; total project value £18.74 million including £13 million ERDF - designing and building a local electricity marketplace platform for the network to request, and the market to provide flexible demand, generation and storage. Read more here: http://www.cornwallislesofscillygrowthprogramme.org.uk/growth-story/loca...
Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia, Suffolk and Norfolk; total project value £6.52 million including £3.26 million ERDF - providing free support to businesses, including energy reviews and grant funding, to help them become more energy efficient. Read more here: http://www.beeanglia.org/about-bee/
The Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund; total project value £500 million including £43 million ERDF - providing support to the low-carbon, sustainable projects and infrastructure projects London needs to cut energy costs and reduce carbon emissions. Read more here: https://www.amberinfrastructure.com/our-funds/the-mayor-of-londons-energ...
Bilston Urban Village Strategic Environmental Infrastructure, Wolverhampton ; total project value £1.2 million including £506,000 ERDF - creating 2.5 hectares of rehabilitated land and improving the biodiversity of a further 11.5 hectares
Across Priority Areas 4 (Low Carbon), 5 (Climate Change) and 6 (Environment), as of the end of May, 153 projects had been contracted (or were about to contract) worth a total of £331 million ERDF. More calls across all three of these priority areas have just been published.
Why not take the chance to tweet about your favourite ERDF environment project, retweet or like one of our tweets or send us a link to your best films so we can add them to our YouTube channel.
European Social Fund – Reserve Fund update
In the May Bulletin we confirmed that once the MA has been able to confirm LEP area Call plans for the next Call Timetable, the Reserve Fund will be established through which all future Call proposals will be considered for funding. The final details of the Reserve Fund are being completed following approval to proceed from the June meeting of the ESI Fund Growth Programme Board.
We anticipate this work being completed in the next few weeks. Following this, the MA will write to local ESIF Sub-Committee Chairs confirming arrangements going forward. The ESF MA LEP area Leads have been fully involved in the development of the Reserve Fund. In due course, ESF MA LEP area Leads will ensure LEP areas are provided with Reserve Fund documentation and guidance and will work with them to ensure they are supported in developing and submitting Call proposals for consideration for funding.
Latest Programme News
ERDF calls/programme update
The ERDF Programme in England has a total value of £3,296 million. We have legally committed £1,922 million of ERDF across 730 projects. A further 382 applications worth a combined £765 million are currently under consideration (figures correct as of end of May 2019).
More than 130 new ERDF calls were published at the end of June worth in excess of £600 million.
For more detail on the ERDF programme click here for this month’s Practitioner Bulletin - https://mailchi.mp/5a3ceab96f37/erdf-practitioner-network-bulletin-1-nov...
Further details of ERDF and ESF Programme activity can be found on our @esif1420england twitter account.
ESF calls/programme update
This article provides the current ESF commitment picture to 31 May 2019, with the position at the last report (ESF data to 30 April 2019). Previous figures shown in brackets, for comparison purposes. The level of ESF commitment at 31 May was £1.995 billion (£1.96 billion), 65.8% (64.5%) of the total ESF allocation. This increase from the last update is mainly as a result of the completion of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Project Change Requests exercise.
- In Priority Axis 1 and 2 there are 207 (192) Direct Bid projects with commitments totalling £453.6 million (£426.9 million) and 153 MOUs for the National Co-Financing Organisations (CFOs) valued at £1.5 billion.
- There are 41 ESF Funding Agreements for Technical Assistance with a value of £22.1 million.
- There are 56 Full Applications in appraisal, which total £108 million (PA1 £57.9m, PA2 £50 million and PA3 £75,000).
Following the Managing Authority (MA) LEP Lead consultation with their areas, reported previously, all the resultant LEP area commitment plans notified to the MA were incorporated into a timetable that runs to 31 December 2019. Currently the timetable contains 88 calls, to the value of c. £276million.
The MA intend to publish a YEI call in July 2019 for the More Developed Region, as this is the Category of Region (CoR) where the vast majority of YEI funding remains uncommitted. It is envisaged that the ESF and YEI amount available will be circa. £80 million and the call will remain open for eight weeks. The call will cover the following YEI MD eligible areas: Black Country; Coventry and Warwickshire; D2N2; Greater Birmingham & Solihull; Leicester & Leicestershire; Liverpool City Region and South East LEP areas.
In addition, there will be a smaller YEI call for the Transitional CoR of approximately £1 million, utilising the remaining funding in the Transitional area of Liverpool.
There are currently 30 ESF live calls on Funding Finder on GOV.UK.
EAFRD calls/programme update - RDPE Growth Programme
The RDPE Growth Programme calls for tourism infrastructure, food processing and business development projects in 36 LEP areas closed to new Expressions of Interest on 31 May 2018.
Following assessment by the RPA and local ESIF subcommittees, invitations to submit a full application were issued to 1,043 applicants for funding totalling £203 million.
So far, the RPA has received 702 Full Applications requesting £130 million. To date, 476 projects have secured grant funding worth £90 million.
Overall, under the RDPE Growth Programme £35 million has so far been paid to projects and 463 FTE jobs have been created. At present the forecast for jobs created is 3,490 which stacks up well against our December 2020 target of 4,075.
In addition, 18 contracts for funding totalling just over £73.5 million have been awarded under the £75 million Rural Broadband Infrastructure offer.
To access the funding finder tool, where all calls can be searched/filtered by name, status (open/closed), type (priority area), location and
funding source, click here: https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds
News of new ERDF guidance can be found in the latest ERDF Practitioner Network Bulletin – email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe to this bulletin.
ESF updates to Guidance and recent Action Notes published on GOV.UK can be found in the June ESF Project Bulletin
Guidance on EAFRD can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme
ESF Case study
The Bridges project in Northumberland provides a variety of support to help people to improve their confidence and to develop employability skills. You can read more about this project in the ESF Project Bulletin, which includes a link to the Bridges website to view some inspiring stories at https://mailchi.mp/9a18798df55d/esf-project-bulletin
ESF – YEI Evaluation: feedback survey
The European Commission would like your feedback on the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to help improve this support in the future. We would encourage as many people as possible to complete this survey by the deadline of the 16 August 2019.
The evaluation will assess the effectiveness and efficiency of youth employment oriented activities funded by the YEI and ESF supported actions during the period 2014-2018.
They are particularly keen to hear from:
- Young people
- Organisations involved in the management of ESF and YEI such as managing authorities and intermediate bodies, social and other partners;
- Organisations delivering ESF and YEI funded support;
- Other organisations representing, or working with, young people.
Please share this survey with anyone you feel it may be of interest to: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-38...
We’ve recently added a large number of project films to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7aVirRopHuW_0u7oVWx7Vw/featured
If you would like us to feature your project on this channel, please send us a link to your film.
LEP Network Bulletin (update)
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