Welcome to the May issue of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds Programme Bulletin. This month, alongside the usual Programme updates, we include an item on ESF online applications and word on some ERDF projects making the news.
Latest Programme News
ERDF calls/programme update
The ERDF Programme in England has a total value of £3,296 million. We have legally committed £1,891 million of ERDF across 722 projects. A further 410 applications worth a combined £798 million are currently under consideration (figures correct as of end of April 2019).
A significant number of new ERDF calls are set to be published at the end of June. Two Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) and eight Intermediate Body (IB) calls, covering various north of England LEP areas, were published on the funding finder in April (closing dates for these live calls vary from 31 May to 28 June) - https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds.
For more detail on the ERDF programme click here for this month’s Practitioner Bulletin.
Further details of ERDF and ESF Programme activity can be found on our @esif1420england twitter account.
ESF calls/programme update
This article provides an overview of the current ESF commitment picture to 30 April 2019, with the position at the last report (with ESF data to 28 February 2019), shown in brackets, for comparison purposes. The level of ESF commitment at 30 April was £1.95 billion (£1.716 billion), 64.5% (56.6%) of the total ESF allocation. This increase from the last update is mainly as a result of the completion of the ESFA Project Change Requests exercise.
- In Priority Axis 1 and 2 there are 192 (189) Direct Bid projects with commitments totalling £426.8 million (£425.9 million) and 153 (160) 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 £23 million.
- There are 17 Outline Applications undergoing assessment with a total value of £8.3 million (PA1 £5m, PA2 £3.3m) and 109 Full Applications in appraisal, which total £248.5 million (PA1 £113m, PA2 £135m and PA3 £458,000).
- As reported in the last update, the Managing Authority (MA) has been working closely with the LEP areas through our network of LEP Leads, to bring together their known spending plans into a 2019 timetable. The timetable has now been prepared from May to December 2019 and, even though there are still several spaces available, the timetable currently contains over 80 calls, to the value of £271.95 million. The MA has recently written to ESIF committees confirming an extension to 20 May for plans to be submitted. Following receipt of LEP area Call plans, the MA will look to establish the value of the Reserve Fund. Calls will continue to be launched after the current planned Call timetable, but with budgets co-ordinated through the Reserve Fund.
The new process for call moderation has been introduced from 29 April and in order for calls to be published, they must have been endorsed by the local ESIF sub-committee and submitted for MA moderation through the MA LEP Lead at least two weeks before the date they are due to be published. Failure to meet this deadline means that the call slot will be forfeited and the call will be added to the waiting list. This measure has been introduced as previously slots were being cancelled at the last minute, resulting in lost opportunities to launch calls totalling over £18m over a 6-month period.
There are currently 34 ESF live calls (as at 20 May 2019) on the 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 sub-committees, invitations to submit a full application were issued to 1,099 applicants for funding totalling £211 million.
So far, the RPA has received 689 Full Applications requesting £128 million. To date, 457 projects have secured grant funding worth £86 million.
A range of workshops has been arranged across the country to help applicants understand what is required in a Full Application. Workshops are scheduled to run into July 2019 but we are asking applicants to submit their full application as soon as possible so do check availability for earlier workshops where viable. A YouTube video has been uploaded giving an overview of what is required in a Full Application for those that cannot attend a workshop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaXhwZ7IioY&feature=youtu.be
Overall, under the RDPE Growth Programme £32 million has so far been paid to projects and 373 FTE jobs have been created.
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 at https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds
Whilst leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority, the recently updated Technical Notices provide information on how leaving without a deal would affect you if you already get funding from an ESI Fund or want to apply for funding - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/how-to-prepare-if-the-uk-leave...
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 May ESF Project Bulletin
Guidance on EAFRD can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme
E-CLAIMS – ESF online applications
The ESF Managing Authority has now moved to an online Calls and Applications process.
From Monday 29 April all new ESF open calls have been published on E-CLAIMS replacing the current electronic, email-based application.
ESF open calls will also continue to be published on GOV.UK through the existing Funding Finder mechanism but will be ‘online application’ only calls.
The new ESF Online Full Application guidance on GOV.UK explains how applicants can request access to the E-CLAIMS system if they are intending to apply against a published, online applications call. Under the new ESF Online Digital Service, applicants will no longer be required to, complete a Full Application form, all full application information will either be entered or uploaded directly into the E-CLAIMS IT system.
LEP Network Bulletin (update)
The next issue of the LEP Network is due out soon - to subscribe to receive future editions click here at https://mailchi.mp/lepnetwork.net/newsletter and follow them on twitter @TheLEPNetwork
Our other bulletins
ESF Project Bulletin
The May issue of the ESF Project Bulletin is now out.
The bulletin is aimed at partners delivering ESF projects to keep them up-to-date with the latest news and developments in the programme, and help them deliver their project in line with requirements.
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ERDF Practitioner Network Bulletin
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RDPE Network Newsletter
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