Preparing to Collaborate: To Access EU Funding

One East Midlands Reach & Impact project, in partnership with ACEVO, are running five free half day workshops across the counties of the East Midlands to help third sector organisations, funding advisers and development workers start to prepare and think about how taking advantage of opportunities in the next EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-20 programme.

The next EU structural and Investment Funds programme 2014-20 will look to fund priority areas including innovation, research and technological development, support for small businesses, the low carbon economy, skills, employment and social inclusion. Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have a lead role in developing local investment strategies to propose and decide how EU funding will be spent against the priorities.

There are opportunities in the next EU programme for the third sector to develop and deliver economic projects, which can increase the number of people into work, create economic development and contribute to growth.

These workshops seek to look at the steps involved in developing models of consortia that could be funded by the EU programme and highlight from the LEP strategy for that county/city, where the areas of potential collaboration might be.

The learning objectives of the workshops are to:

  • Help participants to look at how their desired project would be delivered;
  • Equip participants with skills for matching these needs of delivery with different collaborative structures and models;
  • Share case studies and practical experience of supporting consortia;
  • Support participants to do a thorough audit of likely risks;
  • Give participants a grounding in the key success factors of developing a consortium;
  • Advise on how resultant consortia might access seed-corn funding for pre-feasibility and feasibility consortia development;
  • Help participants look at potential areas of collaboration that could be funded under the next EU structural & Investment Funds programme; and
  • Highlight some areas for collaboration from your local LEPs’ investment strategy

The free workshops, including lunch and networking, will take place on:

  • Nottingham - Tuesday 26 November 10am to 1pm, registration on 9.30am, New Arts Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE
  • Lincoln - Monday 2 December 1pm to 4pm, registration 12.30pm, The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln LN6 7QY
  • Derby - Tuesday 10 December 1pm to 5pm, registration, lunch and networking 12noon, Riverside Centre, Riverside Court, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8HY
  • Leicester - Wednesday 22 January 12.30 to 4pm, Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland - Clarence House, 46 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 3PJ
  • Northampton - Thursday 30 January 10am to 2pm, registration from 9.30am, King's Park Conference Centre, King's Park Road, Northampton NN3 6LL (SOLD OUT)

To book your place click on the relevant link above and then on the "register now" button. For more information telephone 0115 934 8471 or email

As One East Midlands expects these workshops to be extremely popular the priority for booking onto these workshops goes to third sector organisations. In addition, only one place is available per organisation.

One East Midlands reserves the right to cancel places on these workshops.