Reach & Impact prospectus 2014/2015

One East Midlands’ Reach & Impact project has launched its 2014/2014 prospectus, containing details of workshops aimed at raising the awareness, capacity and knowledge of the VCS to access the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) programme.

The workshops, which are free for VCS organisations based and/or operating in the East Midlands and funding advisors supporting the VCS, are designed to provide clear, comprehensive information and guidance to the sector.

The format and content of the workshops vary from basic introductions to more detailed technical issues, providing a range of support for ERDF novices through to those currently delivering a project under the current 2007-2013 programme or interested in accessing funding under the new 2014-20 ESIF programme.

The workshops, which are either half day or full day in duration, include:

  • Introduction to ESIF programme 2014-20 – A basic introduction and overview of the role of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and the structure of the next ESIF programme;
  • Introduction to understanding your local economy – Focusing on helping delegates to identify, develop and evidence the demand for a project that meets the economic needs of a community;
  • Understanding your local economy and measuring your economic contribution – Looking at how you set up a framework that will help you measure your economic contribution and impact;
  • How to apply for ERDF funding within the 2014-20 ESIF programme – Looking at the practical process of applying for ERDF funding;
  • Preparing to collaborate – Investigating the steps involved in developing models of consortia that could be funded by ESIF and highlights potential collaboration opportunities based on local LEP priorities;
  • Project management – Effective project management is essential in ensuring an ERDF project achieves its objectives, outputs and in meeting the requirements of the fund;
  • Marketing and publicity of an ERDF project – Providing guidance, hints and tips to effectively market your ERDF project and comply with the ERDF marketing guidelines;
  • Financial management – Covering the fundamental rules relating to eligibility of ERDF expenditure, project match funding and management of revenue and managing budgets through to claim preparation; and
  • Evaluation, monitoring and audit of an ERDF project – Providing an overview of the audit process and good practice guidance on how to keep prepared for an audit.

To download the full prospectus click here.

To register your interest in attending one or more of the courses visit before the closing date of Friday 16 May.

The Reach & Impact project will then set dates and organise venues for the sessions where there is demand to run them.

Those who have registered their interest will then be invited to book onto the sessions. If they are unable to make the workshop date, the Reach & Impact project will provide one-to-one, online and telephone wherever possible.

For further information contact or telephone 0115 934 8471.