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European Union - European Regional Development Fund

Introduction

The two main European Funding programmes in the North East are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) programmes.

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) will allocate more than £450m to the North East for 2014-2020. The two main European Funding programmes are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). These two programmes aim to support the North East Strategic Economic Plan for the targeted period.

ERDF 2014-2020

ERDF investment in the North East England for 2014-2020 focuses mainly on five key priorities:

  • Innovation
  • Business support and access to finance
  • Economic assets and infrastructure
  • Low Carbon growth and Climate Change

The Department for Communities and Local Government is responsible for day-to-day management and implementation of the ERDF programme and is accountable to the Local Management Committee, ensuring that the region complies with European Union regulations and delivers an ambitious and successful programme.

In our area, the programme is worth £244 million for the period 2014-2020.

ESF 2014-2020

ESF focuses on improving employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing support to individuals to fulfil their potential. The two main priorities for this programme are:

Inclusive Labour Markets, which combines activities to address employment and social inclusion and Skills for Growth.

The lead agencies are the Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and the National Offender Management Service.

In our area, the programme is worth £200 million for the period 2014-2020.

New calls for projects

The European Social Fund (ESF) has opened new calls for projects across the North East LEP area.

North Tyneside Council are holding two free information events to give local partners more details on the focus of the newly opened calls with particular emphasis on supporting Young People and support for the unemployed/inactive.   We will look at the areas they will address and how a potential application for funding should be approached.  

The event will also look to bring partners together to see if there are any opportunities for collaborative working.

The first event will be held on the 23rd August 2017 at Cedarwood Trust, North Shields, if you would like to attend please register.

The second event will be held on the 7th September at Springfield Community Centre, if you would like to attend please register.

Please share the event with your colleagues and partners.  We look forward to seeing you.

Further calls to be launched in September:

  • ESF – Specialist Employment support for protected characteristics
  • ESF – Skills for Health and Social Care Workforce
  • ERDF – Promoting Research and Innovation
  • ERDF – SME Competitiveness

Contact us

Judith Nunn
Project Officer (Technical Assistance ERDF)
Business & Economic Development
North Tyneside Council
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
Telephone: 0191 6436426
Email: judith.nunn@northtyneside.gov.uk

Bev Oakley
Project Officer (Technical Assistance ESF)
North Tyneside Council
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
Telephone: 0191 643 7039
Email: bev.oakley@northtyneside.gov.uk

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