Preparing to Collaborate: To Access EU Funding – Post Event Page

One East Midlands Reach & Impact project, in partnership with ACEVO, ran a series of workshops across the counties of the East Midlands in late 2013 and early 2014 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 sought 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.

Presentations and the e-workbook from the workshops, which took place in Nottingham on Tuesday 26 November, Lincoln on Monday 2 December, Derby on Tuesday 10 December, Leicester on Wednesday 22 January and Northampton on Thursday 30 January are available to download below:

Delegates at the events were able to express an interest in the LEP priority areas they were interested in working in partnership with other organisations to develop collaborative projects.

Details of these areas and those interested in working in partnership, by LEP, can be accessed below.

For further information on all in LEPs in the East Midlands, including their contact details, strategies and other useful links and resources, visit