Understanding EU funding, LEPs and looking at the potential to collaborate – Post event page

Taking place on Wednesday 11 June in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire and delivered by the One East Midlands Reach & Impact project, this workshop aimed to help VCS organisations and funding advisers operating in Nottinghamshire to understand and prepare for the funding opportunities in the next EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-20 programme.

The morning session provided a basic introduction and clear overview of the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the structure of the next EU Structural Funds programme. 

It provides a basic level of understanding for small VCS organisations that had not accessed this funding before and would be interested in potentially applying for funding when the programme opens, enabling delegates to:

  • Understand the basics of EU Structural Funding, focusing on European Regional Development Funding (ERDF);
  • Understand the future role of LEPs in EU Structural Funding;
  • Understand what the 2014-20 EU Structural Funds programme will look at;
  • Understand and plan for opportunities that exist for VCS organisations in the next programme; and
  • Understand LEP priorities and how the VCS could have a role in meeting some of those priorities.

The afternoon session looked at the steps involved in developing models of consortia that could be funded by the EU programme and highlight from the LEP EU investment strategy and where the areas of potential collaboration might be, enabling delegates to:

  • Understand the different collaborative models that could be developed;
  • Understand the key success factors of developing a consortium;
  • Share experiences of collaborative working;
  • 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 their local LEPs’ investment strategy.

Presentations and other resources relating to the workshop can be downloaded below:

To find information on the priority areas for the D2N2 LEP, including a list of individuals within the VCS who are interested in working in partnership to deliver collaborative projects within the priority area visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/D2N2LEPpriorityareas. If you would like to get in contact with one of these individuals to discuss working in collaboration with them or if you would like to be added to one of the lists email information@one-em.org.uk.