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EU Funding for Energy, Environment and Low Carbon Growth

23 November 2015 10:00 15:30

This full day event aims to provide an overview of the key EU funding programmes that can support projects in the areas of environment, energy and low carbon growth.

At this event you will have the opportunity to hear from speakers on the LIFE Programme, Interreg Programmes (Territorial Cooperation), as well as the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation.

National Contact Points for these programmes will provide an overview of the opportunities available under the programme as well as useful hints and tips on how to prepare projects.

Download a copy of the draft agenda

Audience
The event is addressed to those interested in working across boarders on issues related to energy, environment or low carbon growth. In particular Local Enterprise Partnerships, Small and Medium Enterprises, Local Authorities, Environmental organisations and Universities.

Please note: If the event becomes over subscribed places will be limited to one per organisation.

 

East of England European Partnership

Culture Breakfast Seminar in London

28 October 2015 09:45 12:15

Creative Europe Desk UK - England invites you to find out more about the funding opportunities available as part of Creative Europe's Culture sub-programme, which supports organisations operating across the cultural and creative sectors to support long-term transnational collaboration.

Funding is available for Cooperation Projects, European Platforms, European Networks and Literary Translation. The event is comprised of three sections:

  • Christoph Jankowski will present the four funding opportunities, eligibility conditions and how to develop a strong project and application.
  • At each breakfast event, a successful applicant  will share their first-hand experiences of delivering projects funded by the programme.
  • This event concludes with a presentation on the British Council and Arts Council England’s international funding opportunities.

Creative Europe has organised a seminar on the funding and opportunities for the cultural, creative and heritage sectors. Creative Europe has organised a seminar on the funding and opportunities for the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.

INTERREG North West Europe - Application workshop

22 October 2015 10:00 13:30

A workshop is being organised by Access Europe Network for organisations planning to develop a proposal for the  INTERREG NWE upcoming Call for Proposals 2015, which will be launched mid-October.

You should inform Access Europe Network  by 9 October 2015 if you would like to attend and send an outline of your project idea.

Who should attend?

This workshop if for you if you have a developed project idea, have started to look at your application, thought about partners, discussed the match-funding, etc.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 November 2015, and organisations at a very early stage of the process may prefer to consider applying for the next Call for Proposals.

What will be the content?

What makes a good proposal? What should you avoid? And include? AEN will go through the application process and explain the main requirements and the evaluation criteria.

There is a two-stage application process: this workshop will focus on the first stage, the development of a concept note.

Register for the event

Access Europe Network

Horizon 2020 Seminar

20 October 2015 10:00 14:00

Access Europe Network is hosting a seminar on Horizon 2020 to provide further information on the programme, its objectives and requirements and allow you to ask questions and find partners.

Horizon 2020 will soon be announcing calls for proposals to support research and innovation projects in:

  • Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
  • Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
  • Smart, Green and Integrated Transport

What kind of projects will Horizon 2020 fund?

  • Research & Innovation Action - Collaborative research projects
  • Innovation Action - Produce plans & arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services
  • Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI)
  • Prizes
  • Coordination and Support Action (CSA) - Accompanying measures (standardisation, dissemination, policy dialogues etc.)

Who can apply to the programme?

  • Public bodies
  • Universities and research centres
  • Private commercial organisations (no-profit rules apply)
  • Private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs/VCSE organisations)

Download the seminar Programme

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Access Europe Network

Have your say - VCSE Review, Manchester

15 October 2015 13:00 16:00

Join this afternoon workshop to share your views and feed into the VCSE Review.

This review is gathering views and evidence from across England about investment in and partnerships with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector.

This event is open to all VCSE organisations but there will be a particular focus on the views of those groups that work on equalities and with LGBT communities.

Programme

Lunch provided free of charge (from 12.15 pm) with a mid-afternoon break for refreshments

The VCSE Review –  purpose and what was heard from the sector in phase one

Investing in partnerships for health and well-being  – a commissioner’s perspective

Time to talk – challenges, solutions and evidence

Shaping the future – key points to feed into the Review

There are a limited number of places available.

This event has been jointly organised by BSWN, the Race Equality Foundation and NCVO (providing programme management for the review).  The VCSE Review is funded by the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.

VCSE Review

Europe for All - Transnational Partnership & Networking Event

15 October 2015 10:00 17 October 2015 15:30

This event is open to all organisations, social enterprises and schools working to promote lifelong learning in any form.

This includes clients farthest from the labour market who may be suffering health issues, addictions, lack of basic skills and any other form of social or economic exclusion.

This event will provide Information on EU funding programmes that require transnational partnerships to deliver projects.

Book your place

Rural Kent

Open Days 2015 - European Week of Regions and Cities

12 October 2015 03:00 15 October 2015 06:00

About

The EU's Open Days conference invites participants from civil society organisations, local government, academics, and EU associations to discuss and exchange information about the EU's regional policy and the use of European funds for regional development.

Programme

OpenDays 2015 will be structured around three thematic priorities with the headline of 'Europe's regions and cities: partners for investment and growth'

  1. 'Modernising Europe': The regions in the energy Union and the single digital market
  2. 'Regions open for business': SME development, innovation and job creation
  3. 'Places and spaces': Urban and rural development; urban-rural integration

Under the three sub-themes, participants are invited to address challenges and solutions related to management and implementation issues as well as the cross-border, inter-regional or transnational dimension.

Download the full programme

Registration

Registration is now open. To find out how to register, go to the Open Days website

Open Days

European Year of Volunteering 2011- Five years review

08 October 2015 09:00 09 October 2015 17:00

The conference is organised in the framework of the Luxemburgish EU Presidency and will be a debate with policy makers on the following topics:

  • Creating an enabling environment,
  • Improving the quality of volunteering,
  • Providing recognition to volunteering,
  • Valuing volunteering

Download registration form

 

CEV

Have your say - VCSE Review, Leicester

05 October 2015 12:00 17:00

Join this afternoon workshop to share your views and feed into the VCSE Review.

This review is gathering views and evidence from across England about investment in and partnerships with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector.

This event is open to all VCSE organisations but there will be a particular focus on the views of those groups that work with children, young people and the elderly.

VCSE Review

Join WEA's Lancashire Building Better Opportunities Partnership - Burnley

02 October 2015 13:00 17:00

Building Better Opportunities is for partnerships to apply for, with a single lead organisation as the accountable body.

WEA intends to develop and lead a local partnership bid and they are keen to continue their engagement with potential delivery partners, particularly those from the Voluntary and Community sector.

They are keen to lead the development of a partnership to deliver the Disadvantaged Group proposal which is due for release shortly.

Register now

WEA ESIF

European Funding Seminar - Dorset

24 September 2015 12:00 14:30

The seminar will demystify the plethora of EU funding streams and will outline the steps to ensure a successful application.

  • The benefits of involvement in cross border projects including case studies
  • The main European Funding streams:   Interreg Channel, Interreg A , Erasmus +
  • How to get involved in cross border projects:
    • Developing a project idea that meets the funding criteria
    • Finding project partners
    • Submitting an application
    • Where to get further help
    • Q &A

This seminar is for organisations that are interested in finding out more about accessing European funding. You may already have a project idea or you may simply want to find out whether these funding streams are right for your organisation.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Register now

WSX enterprise

Join the WEA Cumbria Building Better Opportunities Partnership - Workington

23 September 2015 13:00 17:00

Building Better Opportunities is for partnerships to apply for, with a single lead organisation as the accountable body.

WEA intends to develop and lead a local partnership bid and they are keen to continue their engagement with potential delivery partners, particularly those from the Voluntary and Community sector.

Register now

WEA ESIF

Join WEA's Lancashire Building Better Opportunities Partnership - Blackpool

22 September 2015 10:00 12:00

Building Better Opportunities is for partnerships to apply for, with a single lead organisation as the accountable body.

WEA intends to develop and lead a local partnership bid and they are keen to continue their engagement with potential delivery partners, particularly those from the Voluntary and Community sector.

These sessions will provide a step towards building a strong local partnership.

Register now

WEA ESIF

Webinar – partnership building for MED programme

22 September 2015 10:00 13:00

The MED programme is a transnational programme of European territorial cooperation. It is financed by the EU as an instrument of its regional policy and of its new programming period.

Over 250 million Euros (244 from ERDF and 9 million from IPA) are available for projects from eligible countries – Portugal, Spain (including enclaves Ceuta and Melilla), France, Gibraltar (UK), Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Cyprus and Malta.

 

Programme has 4 priority areas: 
Axis 1: Promoting Mediterranean Innovation capacities to develop smart and sustainable growth
Axis 2: Fostering low-carbon strategies and energy efficiency in specific MED territories: cities, Islands and rural areas
Axis 3: Protecting and promoting Mediterranean natural and cultural resources
Axis 4: Enhancing Mediterranean Governance

First call for proposals will be open from 1st of September till 2nd November 2015. In this round, over 87 million will be available for projects covering the first 3 priority axis. 

To ease the process of partnership search and development, CNVOS will prepare a webinar for potential beneficiaries from all eligible countries

 

Based on your project descriptions a maximum 20 participants will be selected.

cnvos

ESF SFA and DWP Opt-ins in the Leeds City Region - Promotional Event

18 September 2015 13:30 17:00

Please note that this event is also taking place in the morning of 18 September 2015 and repeated in the afternoon.

Over the forthcoming years, the ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) programme in the Leeds City Region will invest over £338 million, in line with the priorities of the City Region’s ESIF strategy, in programmes and projects benefitting local businesses and communities.

In the Leeds City Region, a decision has been made to take up Opt-in offers from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and these Opt-ins will form key parts of the Employment and Skills elements of our ESIF programme, using the European Social Fund (ESF).

The first Tender Specifications from these Opt-ins are expected to be launched in September 2015.

The event will include presentations from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Skills Funding Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions with the latest information and opportunities to ask questions on how funding can be applied for from the first programme areas for which tenders will be published.

These are the:
• Back to Work Programme (DWP) 
• Skills Support for Redundancy (SFA)
• NEET Programme (SFA)
• Promoting Enterprise and Innovation in Young People Programme (SFA)
• Apprenticeship Hub Programme (SFA)

 

Leeds City Region LEP

 

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Leeds City Region Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Opt-ins event

18 September 2015 09:30 13:00

Please note that this event will be repeated in the afternoon.

Over the forthcoming years, the ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) programme in the Leeds City Region will invest over £338 million, in line with the priorities of the City Region’s ESIF strategy, in programmes and projects benefitting local businesses and communities.

In the Leeds City Region, a decision has been made to take up Opt-in offers from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and these Opt-ins will form key parts of the Employment and Skills elements of our ESIF programme, using the European Social Fund (ESF).

The first Tender Specifications from these Opt-ins are expected to be launched in September 2015.

The event will include presentations from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Skills Funding Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions with the latest information and opportunities to ask questions on how funding can be applied for from the first programme areas for which tenders will be published.

These are the:
• Back to Work Programme (DWP) 
• Skills Support for Redundancy (SFA)
• NEET Programme (SFA)
• Promoting Enterprise and Innovation in Young People Programme (SFA)
• Apprenticeship Hub Programme (SFA)

Register now

Leeds City Region LEP

Have your say - VCSE Review, Bristol

15 September 2015 12:15 16:00

Join this afternoon workshop to share your views and feed into the VCSE Review.

This review is gathering views and evidence from across England about investment in and partnerships with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector.

This event is open to all VCSE organisations but there will be a particular focus on the views of those groups that work on poverty and deprivation.

Programme

Lunch provided free of charge (from 12.15 pm) with a mid-afternoon break for refreshments

The VCSE Review –  purpose and what was heard from the sector in phase one

Investing in partnerships for health and well-being  – a commissioner’s perspective

Time to talk – challenges, solutions and evidence

Shaping the future – key points to feed into the Review

There are a limited number of places available.

This event has been jointly organised by BSWN, the Race Equality Foundation and NCVO (providing programme management for the review).  The VCSE Review is funded by the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.

VCSE Review

Building Better Opportunities (ESF/ESIF) Oxfordshire: NEETs contracts kick-off

10 September 2015 13:30 16:30

In October, Big Lottery will publish a Call for Applications for two contracts:

  • support for young people not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
  • support for young people at risk of becoming NEET

This first event is an open meeting for any organisations interested Oxfordshire’s BBO NEETs contracts.

You'll be able to get information, and do partner finding and networking.

Outline: John Bell (OCVA) will be focusing on the roles and responsibilities of organisations leading BBO partnerships, during the bidding process and once projects are under way.

This is an opportunity for organisations to check their suitability as partnership leads, and also to look at what they should expect from their partners.

(The second meeting will be on 29 September 2015 at 9.30-12.30, at OCVA in central Oxford - no parking. Please make a note of this date and time now, since interested parties will want to be at the second meeting as well as this first one.)

Not sure if you could lead a bidding partnership? Contact us for informal advice: esf@ocva.org.uk Visit OCVA’s ESF pages http://ocva.org.uk/hub/esif/ for more information on the BBO programme, to register for email updates and to search for possible bidding partners.

ESIF for Oxfordshire

Have your say - VCSE Review, Webinar

10 September 2015 03:00 03:45

This free webinar will explore some of the key questions raised in the VCSE Review discussion paper regarding the continued use of grants to fund service delivery.

In particular it will look at proposals to merge the Innovation Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund and the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) into a single grants fund.

Register

VCSE Review

This event has been jointly organised by BSWN, the Race Equality Foundation and NCVO (providing programme management for the review).  The VCSE Review is funded by the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.

EU Funding Opportunities for Environmental Projects in Suffolk

08 September 2015 09:00 13:00

The half-day session will bring together partners from across the county to discuss the EU funding opportunities available to projects with a strong environment focus.

The event will focus on INTERREG, LIFE, EAFRD and ERDF activities.

The event will feature case studies and presentations from funders and support organisations, as well as the opportunity to discuss project proposals with County Council colleagues and programme Facilitators.

The morning will incorporate breakout group sessions to discuss issues associated with developing and delivering a project, as well as networking opportunities.

It is open to anyone who is considering a bid for EU Funding or simply wants to know more about the process.

Suffolk County Council

Register now

Networking for Building Better Opportunities - London

07 September 2015 09:30 12:30

About Building Better Opportunities

Building Better Opportunities is the Big Lottery Fund's ESF programme. The first tranche was launched in June and the second tranche is due to be launched in October 2015. The second tranche of projects in London are likely to focus on Common Mental Health and Refugees. There may also be projects focussing on lone parents and complex needs. However all of these are all still to be confirmed.

About this event

As applicants will need to cover specified geographic areas (pan London or sub regional depending on the project) and deliver a range of interventions, many organisations will need to enter into partnerships to successfully access this funding. This event is aimed at helping organisations who are looking for partners to network with other organisations.

Book your place

LVSC United Way

Discover European Funding

02 September 2015 10:00 14:00

As part of the Government’s Growth Programme for England, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been allocated is £93.24 million for 2014 to 2020 for the region.

This funding is made up of several European Funds which collaboratively are called the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).

This event will provide you with:

  • an explanation of ESIF and the application process
  • the plan for ESIF investment in YNYER
  • an update on progress to date
  • information about ESIF calls that are currently open
  • networking/workshop sessions to meet other potential bidders
  • Q&A opportunities
  • contact details for information, advice and support with ESIF applications

A networking lunch will be provided.

YNER LEP

Leicestershire ESIF Briefing - TO8: Employment and TO10: Skills

27 August 2015 10:00 12:00

With 3 August deadline for submissions to the Building Better Opportunities Fund fast approaching, it is now time to focus on how the VCS can deliver services through Thematic Objective 8 (TO8): Employment and Thematic Objective 10 (TO10): Skills.

Timescales suggest that first calls for activity from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) matched TO8 will go live from late July to September and TO10 first calls will go live in September.

Be ready for ESIF

This event aims ensure that voluntary and community sector groups are ready for calls and have the opportunity to develop partnerships with the Public and Private Sectors.

The full agenda will be released ahead of the session and will include input from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, SFA and Department of Work and Pension.

Who can attend?

Any group or organisation considering delivering under ESIF is welcome to attend.

Book your place

Voluntary Action Leicestershire

What is involved in delivering the ESF programme? - Calderdale / Kirklees / Wakefield

26 August 2015 10:00 15:00

Voluntary Action Leeds is holding one event for the sector in Bradford and Leeds, and this one for Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield together, as those are the combined district geographies that will be used for many of the ESF calls including one of the BBO ones. The events will allow plenty of time for networking over lunch and at the end of the session

These events will give a basic understanding of what is involved in delivering ESF programmes; they are primarily intended for those who have no or limited previous experience of this, and will cover issues related to participant eligibility, compliance (including publicity), performance monitoring and audit. They will highlight the specific requirements of the Big Lottery Fund Opt-In (Building Better Opportunities), and where those might differ from other ESF calls.

VAL are not planning to hold one for the 4 overlapping districts (Craven, Harrogate, Selby, York) as these events are based on those delivered by Your Consortium in each of those areas.

Lunch will be provided.

Doing Good Leeds

What is involved in delivering the ESF programme? - Leeds/Bradford

25 August 2015 10:00 15:00

These events will give a basic understanding of what is involved in delivering ESF programmes; they are primarily intended for those who have no or limited previous experience of this, and will cover issues related to participant eligibility, compliance (including publicity), performance monitoring and audit.

They will highlight the specific requirements of the Big Lottery Fund Opt-In (Building Better Opportunities) and where those might differ from other ESF calls.

The events will allow plenty of time for networking over lunch and at the end of the session.

Lunch will be provided.

Book your place

Doing Good Leeds

VCS Assist: Writing that winning tender

25 August 2015 09:30 16:30

With the move away from traditional grant funding, many organisations find themselves having to compete for funding through the commissioning process. Organisations need to understand the commissioning and tendering process to be able to present a viable case.

This course will cover the different types of tendering process, putting a proposal together, preparing a realistic budget, being able to present your case and understanding the nature of contracts to ensure it knows what is being agreed.

The course looks at the essential skills involved, including identifying potential contracts, deciding whether to bid, writing an initial response, costing, demonstrating value for money and making your tender stand out.

Who for: VCS organisations with an interest in competing for a contract.

Objectives
The course will enable participants to:   

  • Understand the processes involved in tendering
  • Understand how best to present the case
  • develop the skills required for pitching for competitive tenders
  • Feel more confident to complete a PQQ and write a tender


The course covers areas such as:

  • Types of tenders & proposals
  • The process
  • Pre-tender proposal preparation (PQQ)
  • Approved supplier lists
  • Determining the client’s real needs
  • Costing
  • Writing winning proposals
  • How to avoid 'common' errors
  • Checking & proofreading
  • Presentation skills
  • Selecting the correct pitch team
  • Quality standards
  • Risk assessments

BTEG will deliver this course using a mixture of trainer input, discussion, exercises, small group work.

VCS assist

VCS Assist: writing that winning tender

13 August 2015 09:30 16:30

With the move away from traditional grant funding, many organisations find themselves having to compete for funding through the commissioning process. Organisations need to understand the commissioning and tendering process to be able to present a viable case.

This course will cover the different types of tendering process, putting a proposal together, preparing a realistic budget, being able to present your case and understanding the nature of contracts to ensure it knows what is being agreed.

The course looks at the essential skills involved, including identifying potential contracts, deciding whether to bid, writing an initial response, costing, demonstrating value for money and making your tender stand out.

Who for: VCS organisations with an interest in competing for a contract.

Objectives
The course will enable participants to:

  • Understand the processes involved in tendering
  • Understand how best to present the case
  • develop the skills required for pitching for competitive tenders
  • Feel more confident to complete a PQQ and write a tender


The course covers areas such as:

  • Types of tenders & proposals
  • The process
  • Pre-tender proposal preparation (PQQ)
  • Approved supplier lists
  • Determining the client’s real needs
  • Costing
  • Writing winning proposals
  • How to avoid 'common' errors
  • Checking & proofreading
  • Presentation skills
  • Selecting the correct pitch team
  • Quality standards
  • Risk assessments

BTEG will deliver this course using a mixture of trainer input, discussion, exercises, small group work.

There will be another event on 25 August 2015

VCS assist

Culture Breakfast Seminar in London

12 August 2015 09:45 12:15

Creative Europe Desk UK - England invites you to find out more about the funding opportunities available as part of Creative Europe's Culture sub-programme, which supports organisations operating across the cultural and creative sectors to support long-term transnational collaboration.

Funding is available for Cooperation Projects, European Platforms, European Networks and Literary Translation. The event is comprised of three sections:

  • Christoph Jankowski will present the four funding opportunities, eligibility conditions and how to develop a strong project and application.
  • Sholeh Johnston from Julie's Bicycle will share her first-hand experiences of delivering projects funded by the programme.

Creative Europe Desk

GB&S LEP: ERDF Priority Axis 4 – Supporting a low carbon economy, protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency

11 August 2015 12:45 15:30

These workshops will cover the proposed ERDF calls expected to go live in August.

To register your interest in attending a workshop, please email: esif@solihull.gov.uk

GB&S LEP

GB&S LEP: ERDF Priority Axis 1 – Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

11 August 2015 09:15 12:15

These workshops will cover the proposed ERDF calls expected to go live in August.

To register your interest in attending a workshop, please email: esif@solihull.gov.uk

GB&S LEP

EU Funding Squeeze Session - Salford

06 August 2015 13:00 14:30

The session on the European Structural and Investment Funds will focus on the opportunities for the VCSE in the Greater Manchester area. ESF and ERDF will be covered by the session.

The following elements will be discussed:

  1. What are the EU Funding programmes and what are they for?
  2. How are they organised and managed in GM?
  3. How can the VCSE sector access the funds?

Presenter: John Hacking, Senior European Officer, Network for Europe

Outcome: To significantly improve the understanding of the opportunities for the VCSE arising from the EU Funding Programmes 2014-20 in GM

Who should attend this session: Community and Voluntary sector Business Development Managers, CEO’s, Managers and Bid Writers alongside groups engaged in the Salford Third Sector Consortium

Salford CVS

Partnership Building the core ingredients - London organisations

29 July 2015 09:30 13:00

The Getting London Ready workshops are funded through the Big Lottery Funds Programme Development Fund to help prepare organisations for the Big Lottery European Social Fund Building Better Opportunities Programme. 

Developing partnerships is not necessarily simple for small voluntary community organizations. There are numerous internal and external factors that could affect the success of the partnership if not dealt with at the early stages of development. Potential partners will need to undergo a process to examine options and apply due diligence to make sure the right choices for right reasons are made with the aim to maximise benefits to the participating organisations

This workshop will enable you to examine and question the core ingredients needed to establish successful partnerships. Namely:

1. Composition – who should be in the partnership - why
2. Getting the right people and skills
3. Connection – how will you work well together
4. Governance – one that fits all
5. Environmental and stakeholder analysis
6. Audit of all the potential partners – are they fit for purpose especially for funding proposals and tenders.
7. What would be the best mechanism/structure to identify and manage opportunities

In essence the core questions that need to be asked and answered are:
What Why When Who How
The workshop will be a compilation of discussion, analysis and sharing good practice tools.

Book your place

LVSC United Way

Wakefield First - What does the second round of ESIF mean for you?

24 July 2015 10:00 12:00

The second round of ESIF will include calls for the following programmes under T8 -

  • Programmes Activity 2.5- Local flexibility For Reducing Unemployment Programme (outside of SFA)
  • Programme 2.6 Back to Work –DWP opt in

These calls will deliver three specifications of which one will cover the geographical area of Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Understanding the priorities of each Local Authority will be beneficial to support you during the bidding process.

To help you understand these priorities Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield invite you to join them for a presentation and Q&A with representatives of all local authorities. This will be the only opportunity to engage with the three local authorities prior to bid submission.

Wakefield First

The EU referendum campaign: will you be in or out?

23 July 2015 08:30 10:00

The government has committed to hold an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union by the end of 2017.

While a date is yet to be set for the poll, campaigning is already well underway.

Many civil society organisations are considering the implications of the referendum and thinking about whether to campaign for an in or out vote, and how to pursue that campaign.

But what issues should you be thinking about to stay on the right side of the law?

BWB is hosting a discussion on the charity, lobbying and election laws that will regulate the referendum campaign.

Book tickets now

BWB

Humber - North Bank Information Event ESIF Growth Programme

15 July 2015 12:30 16:00

The England 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme opened for business in March 2015 and further details can be seen on the GOV.UK website.

It is anticipated that further calls for projects will be launched in July 2015 with further calls to follow later in 2015.

This event will explore the details of the application process including cross LEP applications, eligibility criteria, outputs/results and monitoring and contract management and there will be the opportunity to discuss your projects with technical experts.

The Humber LEP Area’s ESIF strategy outlines the following areas which projects will be called for:

  • SME Business Support including low carbon and ICT support
  • Flood alleviation and green infrastructure
  • Innovation

Humber - South Bank Information Event ESIF Growth Programme

14 July 2015 10:00 13:30

The England 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme opened for business in March 2015 and further details can be seen on the GOV.UK website.

It is anticipated that further calls for projects will be launched in July 2015 with further calls to follow later in 2015.

This event will explore the details of the application process including cross LEP applications, eligibility criteria, outputs/results and monitoring and contract management and there will be the opportunity to discuss your projects with technical experts.

The Humber LEP Area’s ESIF strategy outlines the following areas which projects will be called for:

  • SME Business Support including low carbon and ICT support
  • Flood alleviation and green infrastructure
  • Innovation

Pricing Your Services - a Getting London Ready workshop

14 July 2015 09:30 13:00

The Getting London Ready workshops are funded through the Big Lottery Funds Programme Development Fund. The PDF aims to ensure there is widespread awareness amongst VCSE organisations of the forthcoming Big Lottery ESF programme, to publicise opportunities for the sector to access funding under the programme and to develop productive and sustainable relationships between organisations that will lead to high quality applications and services.

This is an ideal course for business developers or people who will be negotiating contracts on behalf of your organisation.

LVSC

Social Investment - Free NCVO Webinar

06 July 2015 15:00 15:45

As lots of charities and social enterprises continue to work hard to deliver their mission and reach their beneficiaries, while facing the challenge of reduced resources, an increasing number of them are looking for alternative sources of finance.

This will be an interactive webinar, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. It will include practical examples of where social investment has already been used to increase organisations’ impact and sustainability.

By the end of the webinar you will:

  • understand what social investment is and how it works
  • understand what social investment tax relief is and how it works
  • understand the different types of social investment, and which might be suitable and sustainable for your organisation
  • gain insight into how to approach social investment providers
  • be more aware of different routes to accessing social investment.

Presenters:

  • Geetha Rabindrakumar, Social Sector Leader, Big Society Capital
  • Andrew O’Brien, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Charity Finance Group (CFG)

Register for the webinar

NCVO logo

The 23rd European Social Services Conference

06 July 2015 10:30 08 July 2015 13:00

CONNECT: The Lisbon conference will explore the evidence and experiences in service and sector partnership and what this means for people’s lives, service efficiency, and the impact on social welfare landscape for the future.

Participants representing national, regional and local authorities, public social service providers as well as private providers, experts and NGOs from over 30 countries will discuss how government and industry should develop solutions to build social service partnerships, integrate services and improve lives.

See the European Social Network website for more details

ESN Connect

 

 

Networking for Building Better Opportunities - London

03 July 2015 09:30 13:00

Building Better Opportunities is the Big Lottery Fund's ESF programme which launched on 5 June 2015. Applications are now open for projects in London focusing on employment for long term unemployed and economically inactive BAME women, carers, and ILM health and disability.

As successful applicants will need to cover the specified geographic area and deliver a range of interventions, many organisations will need to enter into partnerships to access this funding.This event is aimed at helping organisations who are still looking for partners to network with other organisations.

LVSC

#EuropeanYouthChat - What does the EU do for young people?

30 June 2015 14:00 15:00

This online chat is an opportunity to ask questions about what the EU is doing for young people, what exactly the Youth Guarantee is, how apprenticeships are being supported and what you can do to make sure you gain international experience and skills that are attractive on the labour market.

Experts from the European Commission's DG Employment and DG Education and Culture will be available to answer all questions.

Questions can be posted in advance onto the event page wall on Facebook or on Twitter using the hashtag #EuropeanYouthChat.

Go to the European Commission website for more details.

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Building Better Opportunities Sheffield

30 June 2015 10:00 12:00

Funds are likely to be awarded for activities that are delivered in areas of high deprivation.  The Social Inclusion and Equalities Board will inform calls for initiatives that aim to address the issues in question.

The Big Lottery will be match funding some of the European funds under their Building Better Opportunities programme.

This represents an exciting opportunity for organisations with a strong track record of employment readiness provision to deliver projects that can truly increase employment levels in their local community.

If you would like to find out more about the contracts emerging from the Building Better Opportunities programme then attendance at this is event is a must.

Delegates will hear about good practice for working in a consortium or supply chain and gain insight into the successful management of European Funds.

It will also be a valuable opportunity to network and build links with potential partners.

To book your place, please click on the event you wish to attend.  Places are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment!

Key Fund

Engagement event - EU funding

26 June 2015 13:00 15:00

EU funding cover a good spread of topics: Sports and Leisure, Adult Education, Youth Support, Employment and Skills, Health, Creative Industries, Social Inclusion, Environmental Technologies and Natural and Cultural Heritage.

Solène Ferreira Dawson, who is a European Funding consultant, will be presenting information about new EU funding opportunities such as Interreg, Erasmus + and Creative Europe. She will help you to understand the common rules to developing an EU bid, how to approach bid development, and whether EU funding is the right route for your organisation.

Go to the Medway Voluntary Action website for more details

MVA

ESF / Big Lottery Fund ‘Building Better Opportunities’ Funding Walsall

26 June 2015 10:00 12:00

The Black Country LEP’s 4 project outlines worth £24 million have been published with a closing date of 3rd August 2015.
Applications are via a LEAD organisation working with a series of contracted DELIVERY partners.
Steps to Work are bidding to lead the ‘Employment support for over 24’s’ strand worth £10.6 million.
The Heart of England Community Foundation are bidding to LEAD the ‘Targeted Communities’ strand worth £5 million.
Black Country Together CIC is bidding to lead the ‘Families in Poverty’ strand worth £3.4 million.
Walsall Housing Group / The Accord Group are bidding to lead the ‘Financial & Digital Inclusion’ strand worth £3.9 million.

They strongly recommend you read the LEP’s black country project outlines and the Lottery’s Programme Guide before deciding if this is the right thing for your organisation to consider.

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Upskilling Unemployed Adults

25 June 2015 08:30 16:30

It will focus on the challenges and opportunities to increase skills for long-term unemployed, unskilled adults and disadvantaged groups.

The event is open to all individuals and organisations who are interested and have a stakehold in labour market and educational issues involved in the topic of the event, including EU institutions and other international policy organisations, European government representatives, social partners, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions.

Further information on the event is provided on the European Commission website.

ESIF Briefing Session: Theme 9 Social Inclusion

23 June 2015 12:45 14:00

Building on the productive conversations at the Partnership Development event this Briefing Session will cover the 5 Specifications for the ESIF Social Inclusion Theme and answer quetions that have arrison from the programme launch.

You will be able to engage in discussions with other potential Lead Partners and Delivery Partners and share any opportunities you may have for collaboration.

Voluntary Action Leicestershire

LIFE Programme Seminar

23 June 2015 10:00 13:30

The LIFE Programme call for proposals “Traditional Projects” 2015 has been published. This year’s call makes € 240,811,337 available to support projects in the following areas:

  • Climate Action (Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Governance & Information) (€ 56,670,000 - Deadline:  15 September 2015)
  • Environment (Nature & Biodiversity, Environment & Resource Efficiency, Environmental Governance & Information) (€ 184,141,337 - Deadlines:  01 October 2015 and 7 October 2015)

Who can apply to the programme?

  • Public bodies
  • Private commercial organisations (no-profit rules apply)
  • Private non-commercial organisations (including NGOs)

What does it fund?

  • Pilot projects
  • Demonstration projects
  • Best practice projects
  • Information, awareness and dissemination projects

Access Europe Network

Building Better Opportunities Rotherham

22 June 2015 10:00 12:00

Funds are likely to be awarded for activities that are delivered in areas of high deprivation.  The Social Inclusion and Equalities Board will inform calls for initiatives that aim to address the issues in question.

The Big Lottery will be match funding some of the European funds under their Building Better Opportunities programme.

This represents an exciting opportunity for organisations with a strong track record of employment readiness provision to deliver projects that can truly increase employment levels in their local community.

If you would like to find out more about the contracts emerging from the Building Better Opportunities programme then attendance at this is event is a must.

Delegates will hear about good practice for working in a consortium or supply chain and gain insight into the successful management of European Funds.

It will also be a valuable opportunity to network and build links with potential partners.

To book your place, please click on the event you wish to attend.  Places are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment!

Key Fund

European Social Fund (ESF) Market Warming Events - London

22 June 2015 09:30 01 July 2015 14:00

**Various Dates**

The London Local Enterprise Partnership, through the GLA, London Councils and other local partners, has worked with the Opt-in Organisations (OIOs), who are responsible for match funding ESF, to develop a substantial package of ESF provision, responsive to local need, which will be delivered across London.

You will hear from the LEP and from the SFA, DWP and Big Lottery Fund about the ESF provision that will be procured over the next few months. As well as getting up-to-date information on these opportunities, you will have the chance to network and meet potential local authority, third sector and commercial partners for ESF programmes.

ESF programmes will be commissioned in four sub-regional groups of boroughs and the events will reflect this:

  • North and East London: 9.30am-2pm, Monday 22nd June, Old Stratford Town Hall
  • West London: 9.30am-2pm,  Wednesday 24th June, The Drum, Brent Civic Centre
  • Central London: 10.00am -2.30pm, Monday 29th June, City Marketing Suite
  • South London: 9.30am-2pm, Wednesday 1st July, Croydon Hilton

To register for the event please complete the registration form and email to ESF@accesseurope.org.uk.

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Building Better Opportunities Bassetlaw

19 June 2015 14:00 16:00

Funds are likely to be awarded for activities that are delivered in areas of high deprivation.  The Social Inclusion and Equalities Board will inform calls for initiatives that aim to address the issues in question.

The Big Lottery will be match funding some of the European funds under their Building Better Opportunities programme.

This represents an exciting opportunity for organisations with a strong track record of employment readiness provision to deliver projects that can truly increase employment levels in their local community.

If you would like to find out more about the contracts emerging from the Building Better Opportunities programme then attendance at this is event is a must.

Delegates will hear about good practice for working in a consortium or supply chain and gain insight into the successful management of European Funds.

It will also be a valuable opportunity to network and build links with potential partners.

To book your place, please click on the event you wish to attend.  Places are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment!

Key Fund

Building Better Opportunities - Greater Manchester

18 June 2015 09:30 12:30

This event is currently full. However you can register now and get added to a waiting list. You will be notified if spaces become available.

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Making the most of the European Social Fund to promote social inclusion and combat poverty

16 June 2015 14:30 15:30

 

The 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF) programme is now live and aims to help people become more employable and enter the labour market. It is focused on skills, employment and social inclusion. Housing associations are well placed to engage with this agenda and could play a key role in delivering ESF funded projects.

This webinar will:

  • Focus on the Big Lottery Fund opt-in element of ESF which aims to promote social inclusion and combat poverty
  • Enable housing associations who might be interested in leading or participating in projects to find out more
  • Support you to engage locally to make the most of the opportunities presented by ESF

The webinar is free and is available to National Housing Federation members.

For more information, go to the National Housing Federation website

National Housing Federation

Civil Society Day 2015

16 June 2015 09:30 17:00

The annual Civil Society Day is a major EESC initiative, organised in partnership with its Liaison Group with European civil society networks, bringing together key players in European and national civil society organisations, business leaders and entrepreneurs, academics, EU policy- and decision-makers and interested media. It provides a forum for dialogue on issues that matter to civil society stakeholders at European level.

This year's edition, whose title will be “Civil dialogue: a tool for better legislation in the general interest” aims at setting up principles and guidelines for a permanent and structured civil dialogue at European level.

The works of the conference will be based on the Road Map that was adopted at the NGO Forum in Riga in March 2015 and on how to implement it through specific actions.

While the morning will focus on how to engage citizens and the abovementioned Road Map, the afternoon session will handle three topics in participatory workshops, dealing with

  • How to make civil dialogue more effective in the policy making environment?
  • How to contribute to the social and civic dimension of governance?
  • How can civil dialogue contribute to the external dimension of European politics?

Registration

Please fill out the online registration form ( registration will be open until10 June 2015).

Twitter

Please use the hashtag #CSDay2015 for your tweets.

EESC

Adult Learners' Week 2015

13 June 2015 09:00 19 June 2015 17:00

This year will be its 24th year and once again, individuals, projects and employers will be awarded for their inspiring learning journeys.

ALW also includes inspiring activities such as:

• National and regional awards ceremonies
• Parliamentary reception
• ‘Have a go’ learning taster events
• Festival of Learning

Find out more about what happened in 2014 on the Activity Highlights page.

The 2015 Festival of Learning takes place in May and June and incorporates thousands of events across the country.

Find out more about the Festival of Learning and how you can get involved.

Adult Learners' Week 2015

 

European Strategic Investment Funds (ESIF) Update

11 June 2015 10:00 12:00

This event is an opportunity for your organisation to:

  • Get the latest on the ESIF Growth Programme
  • Understanding of EU funding
  • Identify how you can access funding
  • Network with potential partners
  • Identify the support needed to secure and deliver effective projects for Walsall

Go to Walsall Voluntary Action website for more details

Black Country TA

EU Funding in the North West of England 2014-20 Information Event

10 June 2015 00:30 03:30

Confirmed speakers are|

Angus Gray - Head of ESF Division , DWP

Carol Sweetenham -Head of ERDF , CLG

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Warren Escadale -Chief Executive , Voluntary Sector North West

Andy Churchill -CEO, Network for Europe

Register Now

Network for Europe

INTERREG EUROPE Programme - London

09 June 2015 09:30 13:30

The INTERREG EUROPE call for proposals for 2015 will be published shortly. This year’s call will make €107 million available to support projects in the following areas:

  • Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • SME Competitiveness
  • Supporting the move to a low carbon economy
  • Environment and resource efficiency

Who can apply to the programme?

  • Regional or public authorities
  • Other public  institutions – universities, regional development agencies, business support organisations
  • Private bodies if not-for-profit

For more information, email info@accesseurope.org.uk

Access Europe Network

EU Funding: Lead Partner Workshop - South West

03 June 2015 13:00 16:30
  • Find out what voluntary organisations want from a “good” lead partner
  • Explore how to put the Big Lottery Fund Partnership Guidance into practice
  • Find out who you might be competing with!
  • Learn more about the application process and what further support there will be available

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Due Diligence - BBO Programme in London

01 June 2015 09:30 12:30

Organisations need to be able conduct due diligence on potential partners in order to ensure that entering into the partnership is in the best interests of their beneficiaries and  does not expose them or the organisations’ assets to any undue risks.

Delivered by Helen Elliott from Sayer Vincent (a firm of chartered accountants dedicated to charities and social enterprises) this workshop will explore the drivers behind partnership working and what to look at when conducting due diligence. It is aimed at project managers, senior management, trustees and anyone else who is likely to be involved in building partnerships with other organisations.

Register for the event

LVSC

Big Lottery and ESF Inner London: the opportunities for the VCS

28 May 2015 09:30 13:00

Aim of the event

As one of five sub-regional road shows this event aims to:

• Inform organisations about ESF and the Lottery programme e.g. role of the LEP and its priorities, role of the opt-In organisations, target client groups, terms of grants, activities, geography

• Highlight the potential opportunities for VCSE delivery, the need for sub regional partnerships and the opportunities to develop sub regional partnerships/consortia

• Discuss the risks and requirements of the funding particularly for smaller organisations. Highlight issues around due diligence and financial requirements for ESF; monitoring and claims; cashflow; partnership readiness; evidencing your outcomes

• Let organisations know how they can be kept informed of what is happening and where they can they find out more

Register for the event

LVSC

Creative Europe's Culture Information Seminar - Dorset

20 May 2015 14:00 16:45

Creative Europe's Culture sub-programme supports organisations operating across the cultural and creative sectors to support long-term transational collaboration.

This funding programme supports a diverse range creative and cultural projects across arts forms such visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, performance, music, heritage, architecture, design, circus, festivals, craft, fashion, arts networks, social enterprises, and those who work in the wider creative and cultural industries.

The seminar is comprised of three sections:

  • Christoph Jankowski, Head of Culture at Creative Europe Desk UK, presents the four funding opportunities (Cooperation Projects, European Platforms, European Networks and Literary Translation), eligibility conditions and discuss how to develop applications and build a strong project and partnership.
  • At each event, there will be a successful applicant who will share their first-hand experiences of delivering projects funded by the programme.
  • Arts Council England introduce their new international funding opportunities.

This event is free and open to organisations in the creative and cultural sectors.

If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can reallocate your ticket.

Creative Europe Desk UK - England is in partnership with Arts Council England. Creative Europe Desk UK is led by the British Council and the British Film Institute, and with support from the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the European Commission.

Creative Europe Desk

EU Funding - Get the latest... (South West)

20 May 2015 13:00 16:30

About this event

This event should help you to judge whether EU funding might be right for your organisation and work out what to do next. It is for voluntary and community organisations only but is open to any organisation operating in Plymouth, Devon, Torbay or Somerset.

A new round of EU funding is getting underway and voluntary and community groups will soon have the opportunity to bid for contracts or apply for funds. But the system has changed since previous programmes.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership now has the lead role in agreeing the priorities for EU funding and the Big Lottery Fund is providing matched funding for social inclusion related activity as an “opt-in” provider. It’s complicated and there is still a lot that is not nailed down. But this event is designed to bring you up to date, find out the likely priorities for funding, learn about the application process Big Lottery Fund expects to use and get a handle on the likely timing of key decisions and funding “calls”.

By the time of the event the focus of the Big Lottery Fund “calls” for applications under their Building Better Opportunities programme should be clear. So this is an important opportunity to get the very latest information on this important source of funding. Please note that at present there are expected to be two calls – one focussing on supporting young people into employment and one focussing on supporting adults furthest from the labour market.

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The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme - London

19 May 2015 09:30 13:30

The Annual Work Programme for the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme for 2015 has just been launched and new calls for proposals will be published shortly.

The Programme has a budget of € 439 million for 2014-2020. €29.5 million will be available this year for projects that will achieve measurable positive change on two themes:

  • Ensuring the protection of rights and empowering citizens (€13.8 million)
  • Promoting non-discrimination and equality (€15.7 million)

The seminar will give you more detail about the programme and help you assess whether this funding opportunity is right for you.

Agenda

9.30 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and introductions

10.10 – 10.20 Rights Equality and Citizenship: overview

  • How EU funding works
  • Funding themes
  • Budget
  • Programme strands

10.20 – 10.50 Promoting non-discrimination and equality

  • Non-discrimination and Roma integration
  • Combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
  • Promoting good practice on gender roles and overcoming gender stereotypes

10.50 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00– 11.30 Protecting rights and empowering citizens

  • Supporting victims of violence
  • Response to violence against women and children
  • Combating sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • Elimination of corporal punishment for children
  • Capacity for professionals in child protection systems

Access Europe Network

Building Better Opportunities Workshop-Bristol

15 May 2015 09:30 13:00

Target audience
This wokshop is aimed at organisations who are interested in being a delivery partner for the Building Better Opportunities ‘removing barriers to employment’ programme. The workshop aims to communicate the latest information and facilitate networking towards partnership formation.

Who is running these workshops?
Funded by the BLF these open workshops are organised and hosted by the West of England Civil Society Partnership.

Following from a preliminary event in October 2014, these workshops will:

1 Provide an update from the Big Lottery Fund and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership with presentations from

  • Building Better Opportunities Sam Magne Big Lottery Fund
  • West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Antony Corfield WoE LEP

2 Facilitated networking workshops to

  • help the formation of partnerships
  • help the identification of ‘lead partners’

Quartet community foundation

Big Lottery / ESF South London Roadshow - the opportunities for the VCS

12 May 2015 09:30 13:00

The event aims to:

  • Inform organisations about ESF and the Lottery programme e.g. role of the LEP and its priorities, role of opt-in organisations, target client groups, terms of grants, activities, geography.
  • Highlight potential opportunities for VCSE delivery, the requirement and opportunity to develop sub-regional partnerships/consortia.
  • Discuss risks and requirements particularly for smaller organisations. Highlight issues of due diligence and financial requirements for ESF, monitoring, claims, cashflow, partnership readiness, evidencing outcomes.
  • Let organisations know how they can stay informed about what is happening and where to find out more.

This is a joint event between SLCVSP (South London CVS Partnership) and LVSC (London Voluntary Service Council). LVSC has been awarded Programme Development Funding by the Big Lottery Fund to ensure there is widespread awareness amongst VCSE organisations of the forthcoming Big Lottery ESF programme, to publicise opportunities for the sector to access funding under the programme and to develop productive and sustainable relationships between organisations that will lead to high quality applications and services. As part of this programme LVSC, together with SLCVSP, would like to invite VCSE organisations in South London to their upcoming roadshow.

CVA Resource Centre is easy to access.  The nearest railway and tram stop is West Croydon which is a 3-minute walk.  East Croydon station is a 15-minute walk.

12 May 2015 event

The Future Landscape of European Funding: what role for small voluntary organisations in the North West?

12 May 2015 05:25 05:25

This is a seminar aimed at raising awareness and providing information about ESIF 2014-20 to small and grass root organisations, focussing on the activity and delivery mechanisms available to deliver European Social Fund social inclusion activities; highlighting the value of community grants  and exploring good practice in consortia building.

If you are interested in attending, please email us.

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ESF Funding Awareness Workshop (East Sussex, SE LEP)

11 May 2015 14:00 17:00

The event will:

  • Provide updates on the ESF (European Social Fund) and Big Lottery funding opportunities to “Promote Social Inclusion and Combat Poverty” including possible timelines.
  • Provide a context and overview of the SELEP European Social Fund Strategy including suggested results and outputs.
  • Provide an overview of other ESF funds in the SouthEast LEP area
  • Consider approaches to partnership working and delivery and how best to support you moving forward.
  • Share what projects worked before and what could form a good proposal

Programme

Full programme will be available nearer the time. The event will provide presentation from ESF experts, including Mike Rayner, Skills Lead for South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Speak Up Forum

The event is jointly organised by Community Works, SpeakUp Forum and the three East Sussex Councils for Voluntary Action (3VA, HVA & RVA).

The event is free of charge, thanks to the Big Lottery funding. But booking is essential.

Building Partnerships for ESF - London

08 May 2015 09:30 12:30

About the event

The aim of the event is to encourage partnership building in the run up to the launch of ESF in London.

Effective partnership working will be key to the successful delivery of the upcoming ESF programme in London With speakers from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, the event will look at what lead organisations are looking for in partner organisations, the challenges and opportunities for VCS organisations when working as partners and what a successful partnership looks like.

Speakers will be followed by a themed networking session which will support organisations to make links with potential delivery partners

Before the event, LVSC encourage participants to complete the Expression of Interest form at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MUBHB/ .  Completed Expression of Interest forms will be made public at rolling intervals.

LVSC

The Future Landscape of European Funding : what role for small voluntary organisations in the South West?

06 May 2015 10:30 13:45

About the event

This is a seminar aimed at raising awareness and providing information about ESIF 2014-20 to small and grass root organisations, focussing on the activity and delivery mechanisms available to deliver European Social Fund social inclusion activities; highlighting the value of community grants  and exploring good practice in consortia building.

If you are interested in attending, please email us.

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London 2014-2020 ERDF Information & Networking

06 May 2015 10:00 13:30

The second event will have staff explaining the highlights of the new programmes rules and guidance, and two short presentations from existing ERDF project managers on their experience of managing ERDF projects.

This will be followed by EPMU staff being available to talk to you about your project, networking and refreshments.

Please note: EPMU will not be able to offer advice as to whether your project fits with the Operational Programme or which Investment Priority would be most suitable for your project, however, they will be able to answer technical questions about the development of your bid.

Tea and coffee to be provided

London LEP

Building Futures - East Riding

30 April 2015 10:00 16:00

Between 2014 and 2020, a new round of European Social Fund (ESF) will be launched to include support for projects that tackle poverty and improve social inclusion.  The Big Lottery Fund is matching this funding from 2015 effectively doubling the impact and scope of projects and give a more straightforward route to EU funding for the voluntary and community sector.

This event will cover

  • an introduction to EU funding
  • responding ESF requirements
  • project design
  • collaboration

Your consortium

ESF Funding Awareness Workshop (Lewes District and Brighton & Hove)

29 April 2015 14:00 17:00

This event will:

  • Provide updates on the ESF (European Social Fund) and Big Lottery funding opportunities to “Promote Social Inclusion and Combat Poverty” including possible timelines.
  • Provide a context and overview of the Coast 2 Capital European Social Fund Strategy including suggested results and outputs.
  • Provide an overview of other ESF funds in the Coast 2 Capital LEP area
  • Consider approaches to partnership working and delivery and how best to support you moving forward.
  • Share what projects worked before and what could form a good proposal


Full programme will be available nearer the time. The event will provide presentation from
ESF experts, including Rachel Williams, International Manager from Brighton & Hove City Council (on behalf of Coast 2 Capital LEP).

The event is jointly organised by Community Works, SpeakUp Forum and 3VA. The event is aimed at the voluntary and community sector organisation and private and public sector partners, interested in delivering projects supporting social inclusion, helping those furthest away from the job market, creating jobs and developing the local economy.

The event is free of charge, thanks to the Big Lottery funding. But booking is essential.

Wiltshire and Swindon’s new £4million EU/BIG Lottery Fund Programme - Devizes

28 April 2015 10:00 13:00

The event will also consider:

  • how our collective expertise, knowledge, skills and specialist services could help local people most disadvantaged in the work place and furthest from the job market, and

  • what it might mean to be part of - or to lead - a consortium bidding and delivering initiatives, the opportunities, risks and responsibilities involved.

Community First

Building Better Opportunities Workshop - Bristol

27 April 2015 13:00 16:30

Learn more about the £5.8m European Union and BIG Lottery funding programme launching in the West of England region in June 2015.


Who is the workshop for?


These two workshops are aimed at organisations who are interested in being a delivery partner for the Building Better Opportunities ‘removing barriers to employment’ programme. The workshops will have identical content and are intended both to communicate the latest information and facilitate networking towards partnership formation.

Who is running these workshops?


Funded by the BLF these open workshops are organised and hosted by the West of England Civil Society Partnership.

Following from a preliminary event in October 2014, these workshops will:

1 Provide an update from the Big Lottery Fund and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership with presentations from

  • Building Better Opportunities Sam Magne Big Lottery Fund
  • West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Antony Corfield WoE LEP

2 Facilitated networking workshops to

  • help the formation of partnerships
  • help the identification of ‘lead partners’

Quartet community foundation

Wiltshire and Swindon’s new £4million EU/BIG Lottery Fund Programme - Salisbury

27 April 2015 10:00 13:00

The event will also consider:

  • how our collective expertise, knowledge, skills and specialist services could help local people most disadvantaged in the work place and furthest from the job market, and

  • what it might mean to be part of - or to lead - a consortium bidding and delivering initiatives, the opportunities, risks and responsibilities involved.

Community First

Building Better Opportunities - Kent Information Event

27 April 2015 09:30 12:30

The Building Better Opportunities programme will provide around £16 million of funding over the next 6 years. It consists of funding from the Big Lottery Fund that will be matched with European funding.  The programme is aimed at supporting people who are furthest from employment and who experience some of the most extreme disadvantage.

Book via eventbrite

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Wiltshire and Swindon’s new £4million EU/BIG Lottery Fund Programme - Swindon

23 April 2015 10:00 13:00

The event will also consider:

  • how our collective expertise, knowledge, skills and specialist services could help local people most disadvantaged in the work place and furthest from the job market, and

  • what it might mean to be part of - or to lead - a consortium bidding and delivering initiatives, the opportunities, risks and responsibilities involved.

Community First

2014-20 ESIF Growth Programme Information Event - Broughton, North Lincolnshire

22 April 2015 12:30 16:30

The details of the application process will be explored including cross LEP applications, eligibility criteria, outputs/results and monitoring and contract management.

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Building Futures - York and Selby

22 April 2015 10:00 16:00

Between 2014 and 2020, a new round of European Social Fund (ESF) will be launched to include support for projects that tackle poverty and improve social inclusion.  The Big Lottery Fund is matching this funding from 2015 effectively doubling the impact and scope of projects and give a more straightforward route to EU funding for the voluntary and community sector.

This event will cover

  • an introduction to EU funding
  • responding ESF requirements
  • project design
  • collaboration

Your consortium

2014-20 ESIF Growth Programme Information Event - Hull

21 April 2015 09:30 12:30

The details of the application process will be explored including cross LEP applications, eligibility criteria, outputs/results and monitoring and contract management.

There will be the opportunity to discuss your projects with technical experts.

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Gangs, youth violence, and drugs - commissioning masterclass

20 April 2015 09:00 31 May 2015 04:00

Various dates

16 March 2015 - Leeds

27 March 2015 - Birmingham

20 April 2015 - Sheffield

20 April 2015 - Liverpool

London - date TBC

 

This course will help you to understand the new funding landscape, alongside networking with commissioners and similar organisations.

Outcomes

The events aim to build the commercial skills of charities and social enterprises so you can be more successful in bidding for and delivering public service contracts.

The event aims to equip you with:

  • increased knowledge of the funding, policy and commissioning context for PCC commissioned services
  • better understanding of business processes and implications for contracting with the private sector
  • more awareness of what is required to establish a coherent and ‘sellable’ service delivery offer
  • stronger relationships with potential delivery partner organisations
  • stronger relationships with commissioners.

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Building Better Opportunities and Getting Ready for Partnerships Event - Cambridge

17 April 2015 09:30 16:00

Please fill in a project proforma before registering for the event.

Agenda

9.30 am Registration - barriers to work, financial inclusion, social isolation and poverty

10.00 am Welcome and Introductions

10:15 am Overview of outcomes of the day

10:30 am The Big Lottery Opt-in Offer and Quick Facts

10:50 am Partnership Masterclass, A Quick Tour, Big Society Funding CIC

11:20 am Tea and coffee break

11:30 am For each theme – what will be different in 4 years time for  our service users/local populations?

What’s already working well which we could build upon

How might this add value and/or align with other initiatives

What are the key issues

What are our priorities?

12:30 Lunch

1:15 pm What might the model look like  to meet our intended outcomes?

Define potential model/s

Propose one or two to “pitch” back to whole group

2:15 pm Proposed models/bids:

Theme groups to pitch back to whole group

Others to have chance to input to proposal – through whole group discussion or group activity

Agree bid proposal under each theme

3:15 pm Partner commitments:

Participants to sign up to participate in a project – indicating name of liaison person in organisation, required outcome from the project, potential input to the bid in terms of people/capacity/assets/resources etc.

4:15 pm Close and next steps

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Commercial Masterclasses

16 April 2015 09:00 29 April 2015 05:00

Various Dates

Please note that these two day events will be held at the following dates and locations

23-24 March  Manchester

30-31 March  Chester

16-17 April  Rugby

16-17 April  Chelmsford

28-29 April  Scunthorpe

Who is it for?

CEOs, senior managers and trustees of charities and social enterprises that recognise the need to adopt more ‘commercial’ business practices. Participants should already be experienced in charity management, or operating projects or services.

Additional benefits

  • online tools and resources to accompany the learning
  • suggestions for further development
  • link up all participants from across the country into an ongoing peer network.

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Committee of the Regions event. An investment plan for Europe: joining forces

15 April 2015 09:30 16:45

Political leaders and investment experts will discuss three main questions:

  • Is the Investment Plan for Europe an answer to the needs at local and regional level? What is its potential to support growth and jobs in Europe's regions and cities?
  • What role can regions and cities play in the roll-out of the Investment Plan in the three main strands (mobilisation of investments, managing the project pipeline and improving the investment environment)?
  • How to guarantee and improve the own investment capacity of regional and local authorities in times of austerity? (in follow-up of the CoR high-level conferences on subnational finances in 2013 and 2014)

Register now

 

Committee of the Regions

Gloucestershire Building Better Opportunities Project - EU Funding

15 April 2015 03:00 05:00

The events will get groups together to discuss the ESIF priorities and give them the opportunity to make linkages which may lead to partnerships to enable the VCS in Gloucestershire to access the fund.

At each event you will be asked to complete a 'Next Steps' Form which can be accessed by clicking here.

This form must be returned to the GRCC by 15th April if you wish to find out more information and be participative in the next steps for the grant funding.

GRCC

More information can be found on the GRCC website.

Health, wellbeing and social care organisations – commissioning masterclass

14 April 2015 09:00 29 May 2015 17:00

Various Dates & Locations

Cambridge 14 April 2015

Leeds 16 April 2015

Birmingham 17 April

Nottingham21 April

Manchester28 April

Newcastle30 April

Taunton18 May

London19 May

South-East 29 May

Find out more about how to register for these events on the NCVO website.

Outcomes

By the end of the event, participants should be:

  • More knowledgeable about the funding, policy and commissioning context in health, prevention, wellbeing and care services. In particular, be able to understand which agencies commission these services from the VCSE sector and where the health commissioning opportunities might be in the future.
  • Able to build stronger contacts and relationships with health commissioners.
  • More aware of what is required to establish a coherent and ‘sellable’ service delivery offer, using evidence and data to build a business case for your health, well-being and care work.
  • Able to understand how to adapt your business practices to be 'tender-ready' and able to create/ respond to health opportunities and contract with the private sector, where appropriate.
  • Able to better understand other sectors’ drivers, motivations and culture.
  • Able to build stronger relationships with other providers, including the private sector, to develop consortia and sub-prime contracting relationships.

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York - What can the new European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme offer you?

10 April 2015 10:00 12:00

The Engage with ESIF! programme has been funded by Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to support the sector to engage with the ESIF programme in Leeds City Region.

These initial workshops are being held at district (or in some cases combined districts) level and will aim to give organisations an understanding of what the programme involves and what opportunities there may be to take part in it.

Following these initial events, and partly determined by feedback from them, a series of further events will be held; some of these will have a tighter focus on specific themes within the ESIF programme and potential funding opportunities within those themes, others may focus on specific client groups or be targeted at specific parts of the sector.

The Engage with ESIF! programme is being delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds in partnership with the local CVS or equivalent in each district.

Doing Good Leeds

Building Better Opportunities workshop - Essex

10 April 2015 09:30 12:30

A series of launch events are planned in each of the federated areas.

The events will:

• Provide updates on the Big Lottery funding opportunities to “Promote Social Inclusion and Combat Poverty” including possible timelines.
• Provide a context and overview of the SELEP European Social Fund Strategy including suggested results and outputs.
• Consider approaches to partnership working and delivery and how best to support you moving forward.

The first event is planned for Essex.

BBWCVS

Building Futures - Hambleton and Richmondshire

08 April 2015 10:00 16:00

Between 2014 and 2020, a new round of European Social Fund (ESF) will be launched to include support for projects that tackle poverty and improve social inclusion.  The Big Lottery Fund is matching this funding from 2015 effectively doubling the impact and scope of projects and give a more straightforward route to EU funding for the voluntary and community sector.

This event will cover

  • an introduction to EU funding
  • responding ESF requirements
  • project design
  • collaboration

Your consortium

Building Better Organisations – an introduction to the Enterprise M3 and BIG Lottery Fund’s European Social Funding

08 April 2015 10:00 13:00

Are you a not for profit organisation based in, or delivering services to, West Surrey or Hampshire? Do you provide services or run projects aimed at encouraging social inclusion and moving people closer to employment?

The event will be an opportunity to:

  • Find out about how to access a share of £560million of European Social Fund and BIG Lottery money to support social inclusion and help people into work
  • Understand more about Local Enterprise Partnership and BIG Lottery funding for social inclusion
  • Meet potential partners

Agenda:

10:00 – Arrivals and Refreshments

10:30 – Welcome and introductions Jason Gaskell, CEO Surrey Community Action

10:45 – Introduction to Enterprise M3 by Sarah Carter, Skills and Employability Project Manager Enterprise M3

Who you are and what you do

How you see ESF

What EM3’s ESF priorities look like

11:15 – Introduction to BIG Lottery’s ESF offer – Jason Gaskell

12:00 – Q&A

12:10 – Next steps

What are the latest timings?

May and June events

Further information

Register of potential partners and interests for future collaboration

12:30 – Networking lunch

13:00 – Close

Register

Places are limited. To book, email pamh@surreyca.org.uk

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Voluntary Sector Briefing event in Birmingham: European Structural and Investment Funds

01 April 2015 09:30 12:15

To secure your place, please complete booking form.

Government has announced that calls for proposals into ESIF will be launched on or around 23rd March 2015. These will be national calls with a ‘local bias’. For the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area, the calls will be for ERDF, including the Priority Axes for Research and Innovation, Business Support, and Low Carbon.

For ESF, calls are limited to the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), and other ESF provision that may be subject to time limited match funding.

BVSC

Gloucestershire Building Better Opportunities Project - EU Funding

26 March 2015 10:00 12:00

The event will get groups together to discuss the ESIF priorities and give them the opportunity to make linkages which may lead to partnerships to enable the VCS in Gloucestershire to access the fund.

At each event you will be asked to complete a 'Next Steps' Form which can be accessed by clicking here. This form must be returned to the GRCC by 15th April if you wish to find out more information and be participative in the next steps for the grant funding.

Get more information on the GRCC website.

GRCC

Social Inclusion Stakeholder Event - Shropshire

26 March 2015 09:00 13:00

The social Inclusion Stakeholder Event will include:

  • ESIF, Social Inclusion and BIG Lottery Updates
  • Information around Building Better Opportunities and upcoming opportunities
  • Updates from other areas
  • Workshop with external consultants developing the Evidence base

A detailed agenda will be available nearer the time of the event.

VCSA Shropshire

Building Better Opportunities workshop - Preston

25 March 2015 13:30 16:00

These workshops are aimed at organisations who have attended the initial briefings or read the relevant literature (available at http://lancs-blfoptin.org.uk/) and are up to date with where the EU funds are at, what the fund is looking for and feel that their project or organisation can deliver programmes in line with the European Social Fund priorities.

If you are unsure whether to attend or need any further information regarding the EU programme, the Big Lottery Fund Opt-in or anything else, please get in touch with either

Alice Carline – ONE Lancashire – communications@onelancashire.org

John Hacking – Network for Europe - info@networkforeurope.eu

One Lancashire Network for Europe Big Lottery Fund

Building Futures - Scarborough and Ryedale

24 March 2015 10:00 16:00

Between 2014 and 2020, a new round of European Social Fund (ESF) will be launched to include support for projects that tackle poverty and improve social inclusion.  The Big Lottery Fund is matching this funding from 2015 effectively doubling the impact and scope of projects and give a more straightforward route to EU funding for the voluntary and community sector.

This event will cover

  • an introduction to EU funding
  • responding ESF requirements
  • project design
  • collaboration

Your consortium

Peterborough Plus - membership launch

24 March 2015 09:30 13:30

The event will cover presentations from

- Adrian Chapman, Peterborough City Council

- Neil Coulson, The Consortium Landscape

- Jonathan Clarke, The Local Enterprise Partnership / Big Lottery Fund

- Sandra Turner, European Funding Network, National Council for Voluntary Organisations

For more information, contact Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service

Implementing ESIF in the Leeds City Region

23 March 2015 09:30 13:00

The ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) programme in the Leeds City Region will commence in Spring 2015 with a first round of calls for projects due to be announced imminently.

Over the forthcoming years, in line with the priorities of the  City Region’s ESIF strategy, an investment of over £338 million will be made in programmes and projects  benefitting local businesses and communities.

The event will include

  • Presentations from the LEP and Managing Authorities and the latest information regarding the roll out of the ESIF programme in the Leeds City Region and the business processes in place for implementation
  • Breakout sessions focusing on particular areas of the programme
  • Opportunities for networking with a wide range of partners involved in the ESIF programme in the Leeds City Region

For more information, go to the event booking page

Leeds LEP

South West Forum: European Funding - get the latest

19 March 2015 10:00 12:30

A new round of EU funding is getting underway and voluntary and community groups will soon have the opportunity to bid for contracts or apply for funds. But the system has changed since previous programmes.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership now has the lead role in agreeing the priorities for EU funding and the Big Lottery Fund is providing matched funding for social inclusion related activity as an “opt-in” provider. It’s complicated and there is still a lot that is not nailed down. But this event is designed to bring you up to date, find out the likely priorities for funding, learn about the application process Big Lottery Fund expects to use and get a handle on the likely timing of key decisions and funding “calls”.

It is for voluntary and community organisations only but is open to any organisation operating in Plymouth, Devon, Torbay or Somerset.

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Black Country TA: ERDF Project Closure and Exit Strategy workshop

16 March 2015 09:30 15:00

The workshop aims –

  • To encourage projects to develop managed exit strategies and investment sustainability
  • To plan for project closure as a component of project management
  • To review the process of document retention and archiving to meet ERDF requirements
  • To consider the maintenance aspects of project closure – follow up actions, people, assets, lessons learnt.

How to Register

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please complete the attached booking form and send to Kaye Davies,email: davieskaye@walsall.gov.uk. Please include details of any special requirements.

Gloucestershire Building Better Opportunities Project - Cirencester

11 March 2015 03:00 05:00

The aim is of this event is for organisations in this sector to understand the funding available and make bids when the European Social Funding is opened for applications

This project, 1 of 38 projects nationally funded by the Lottery, will link closely with the VCS Alliance and GFirst LEP who have identified priorities for Gloucestershire in relation to tackling poverty and promoting social inclusion which are the themes for the ESIF.

The following are target areas for ESIF funding for Gloucestershire but this is not an exclusive list:

• Helping people who have complex needs to access employment

• Helping those aged 16-25 who are not in employment, education or training to access employment

• Increasing financial literacy amongst younger people

The Big Lottery has joined forces with Local Enterprise Partnerships country wide to work together to help make this funding available nationally and to provide the match funding needed. They have begun to do this by appointing organisations to help raise awareness and the GRCC has been appointed as the lead partner working in partnership with GAVCA (Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action) to carry out this awareness-raising work in Gloucestershire.

The funding application process will be handled by the Big Lottery, and applications for the ESIF will be made directly to them. The Big Lottery are keen to see that applications are submitted from a consortia of VCSE organisations working together to provide solutions that reflect local priorities and community needs.

There will be a series of events in the six districts to help share information about the grant.

GRCC GAVCA

European briefing - Manchester

10 March 2015 13:00 16:00

GMCVO would like to bring organisations back together to provide an update of their latest understanding of the EU funding opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

These include (but are not limited to) 'Building Better Opportunities' which will be co-financed by the Big Lottery Fund.

The event will provide you with information on what you'll need to have in place for you to be ready to move on these opportunities later this year, and to deliver any future activity funded in this way.

Organisations must also be prepared to meet the reporting requirements of European / Lottery funding.

GMCVO

Building Futures - Harrogate and Craven

10 March 2015 10:00 16:00

Between 2014 and 2020, a new round of European Social Fund (ESF) will be launched to include support for projects that tackle poverty and improve social inclusion.

The Big Lottery Fund is matching this funding from 2015 effectively doubling the impact and scope of projects and give a more straightforward route to EU funding for the voluntary and community sector.

This event give an introduction to EU funding, explain ESF requirements, project designs and collaboration.

Your consortium

Solent LEP EU Funding Event

10 March 2015 09:00 11:30

As well as updates in relation to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF), there will also be opportunities to learn more about the Solent's allocation from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Attendees at the event will also have the opportunity to hear directly from the managing authorities for European Funding in the Solent, including the Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs.

Solent LEP

Greater Manchester European Funding 2014-20 and Building Better Opportunities: Updating you and helping you prepare

10 March 2015 01:30 04:00

** Please note this event is aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations operating in Greater Manchester **

The opportunities for the voluntary sector in the new European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020 include (but are not limited to) 'Building Better Opportunities' which will be co-financed by the Big Lottery Fund.

The event will cover the specifics about what's on offer; how the VCSE sector can access it; and what will be required of organisations taking part.  It is vital that the sector maintains momentum and engagement with the process.

GMCVO

Creative Europe's Culture Opportunities: Information seminar - Birmingham

09 March 2015 14:00 16:30

Christoph Jankowski, Head of Culture at Creative Europe Desk UK, will present the four funding opportunities and the eligibility conditions, discuss how to develop applications and how to build a good project.

Cooperation Projects are still the core to the programme, accounting for 70% of the sub-programme funding allocation with annual deadlines for both 'small' and 'large' projects.

Literary Translation by established publishers will continue to be supported

European Networks will support sustained learning and exchange between EU networks with varying specialisms

European Platforms will encourage innovative approaches to audience development

We will also be joined by Rebecca Blackman, Arts Council England, introducing the new international funding available and previous Creative Europe/Culture beneficiaries fromBirminham Rep and BE Festival, sharing their first-hand experience of the highs and lows of being part of a transnational cooperation project

This event is free and open to organisations in the creative and cultural sectors. If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can reallocate your ticket.

Hosted by Birmingham Rep.

Creative Europe Desk UK - England is in partnership with Arts Council England. 
Creative Europe Desk UK is led by the British Council and the British Film Institute, and with support from the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the European Commission.

Creative Europe Desk

European Funding ESIF 2014-2020 - Digital inclusion themed workshop

05 March 2015 13:30 05 April 2015 16:30

The workshop will cover the social inclusion element of the funding in greater detail with specific emphasis on the digital inclusion theme and on the Big Lottery match funding processes.

VONNE anticipate high demand for the workshop and strongly advise booking onto only one of the themed workshops as the vast majority of the content will be the same in each of the themed workshops.

VONNE will share information on all of the themes via the VONNE website.

Participation is strictly limited to one person per organisation. Organisations that are considering acting as lead bodies will be welcome to attend a themed workshop as well as the lead body workshop.

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European Funding ESIF 2014-2020 - Employability themed workshop

05 March 2015 09:30 12:30

This workshop will cover the social inclusion element of the funding in greater detail with specific emphasis on the employability theme and on the Big Lottery match funding processes.

VONNE anticipate high demand for the workshop and strongly advise booking onto only one of the themed workshops as the vast majority of the content will be the same in each of the themed workshops.

VONNE will share information on all of the themes via the VONNE website.  Participation is strictly limited to one person per organisation. Organisations that are considering acting as lead bodies will be welcome to attend a themed workshop as well as the lead body workshop.

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Future European programmes in the Enterprise M3 area

05 March 2015 09:30 13:30

Find out what Enterprise M3 has been doing to develop its ESIF Programme Implementation Plans and what funding opportunities will soon be available, including priorities, forthcoming milestones and actions for each of the Funds. 

Seminar highlights include:

  • A presentation from Zoe Gray, Interim Chair of the Enterprise M3 European Management Group, on what Enterprise M3 is doing to ensure successful delivery of its ESIF Strategy.
  • A case study of successful projects from past EU Funding programmes.
  • An update on the local Implementation Plan for each of the Enterprise M3 Structural Funds (European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) including timescales and forthcoming actions.
  • working session during which delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions on the details and timescales of each particular Fund and also build strong local partnerships with potential partners and other bidders.

Book Now

To book your free place, please email your name, organisation and the particular Structural Fund (ESF, ERDF, EAFRD) you are interested in toevents@enterprisem3.org.uk or call the Enterprise M3 Events Team on 023 8068 2520. We would appreciate it if attending organisations only send one delegate per Structural Fund.

Enterprise M3

Local and Regional Partners contributing to Europe 2020

05 March 2015 09:00 17:00

The aim of the seminar is to discuss and explore the governance processes and stimulate learning and the exchange between cities and regions on good governance.

Registration will open soon.

Greater Manchester European Funding Programme 2014-20 Event

04 March 2015 13:30 16:00

As well as working to raise awareness of European funding opportunities with the VCSE, GMCVO is also working to facilitate the development of relationships and partnerships between with shared interests who could work together in this area.

Activities for funding will include but not limited to delivering accredited and unaccredited training for young people, marginalised people and people already in the workforce. It is likely that involvement in delivery would come about as part of a partnership(s).

The event would like to bring together learning providers to share understanding about what the opportunities are, including through partnership working; what the benefits to your clients / service users / people & communities you support might be; and what will be expected and required from organisations who are interested in taking part and accessing this funding.

GMCVO

 

Selby/York - What can the new European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme offer you?

04 March 2015 10:00 11:30

Come along to this Selby based event which to find out more about what the European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme can offer you.

*Please note this event will repeat throughout February in Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale, Harrogate, Craven, and Leeds *

The new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme is due to finally commence this summer and will offer third sector organisations opportunities to be involved in the delivery of projects and interventions. Organisations may also be able to benefit from support services that will be developed for small businesses.

The Engage with ESIF! programme has been funded by Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to support the sector to engage with the ESIF programme in Leeds City Region.

These initial workshops are being held at district (or in some cases combined districts) level and will aim to give organisations an understanding of what the programme involves and what opportunities there may be to take part in it. Following these initial events, and partly determined by feedback from them, a series of further events will be held; some of these will have a tighter focus on specific themes within the ESIF programme and potential funding opportunities within those themes, others may focus on specific client groups or be targeted at specific parts of the sector.

The Engage with ESIF! programme is being delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds in partnership with the local CVS or equivalent in each district.

Voluntary Action Leeds Big Lottery Fund

European Funding - ESIF 2014-2020 Potential lead body workshop

04 March 2015 09:30 12:30

The workshop will provide a broad overview of the ESIF programme in the North East LEP area. It will cover the technical requirements of Big Lottery’s approach the match funding and will explore in detail partnership models.

Participation is strictly limited to one person per organisation.

Organisations that are considering acting as lead bodies will be welcome to attend one themed workshop as well as the lead body workshop.

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Herts Get Set On your marks event: Stevenage

03 March 2015 13:30 17:00

Herts Get Set is a project supported by the Big Lottery's Programme Development Fund, and is led by Hertfordshire Community Foundation and delivered in collaboration with our Herts Community Solutions partners.

Who should attend this event?

Voluntary and Community Organisations and social enterprises (VCSE) operating in Hertfordshire. We are particularly keen to encourage organisations who specialise in the provision of advice, training and other interventions to support the identified priority beneficiary groups for Hertfordshire tackle their barriers to employment and move closer to the job market. The key groups are: Young people aged 16-24 who are or are at risk of being marginalised;Adults with specific or multiple needs that present barriers to employment; Individuals needing help with issues such as debt, housing, childcare etc.

These events will also be of benefit to VCS infrastructure organisations who can provide support and capacity-building services for frontline delivery organisations and/or who are considering leading partnerships.

We reserve the right not to admit applicants who do not meet these criteria and may limit the number of attendees from a specific organisation depending on the places available.

What are the aims of this event?

  • Create awareness of the Building Better Opportunities Programme for Hertfordshire
  • Help VCSE organisations evaluate whether they want to lead and/or deliver within the programme
  • Develop understanding of the opportunities and support available for the VCS from the Community Wellbeing Commissioning team at Hertfordshire County Council

Outline Programme:

  • Introduction to European Funding and the social inclusion priorities for Hertfordshire – Norman Jennings, Skills and Employment Manager, Hertfordshire LEP
  • Building Better Opportunities – how ESF social inclusion projects will be awarded and managed – Big Lottery
  • Herts Get Set support available to help VCSE organisations in Hertfordshire to participate in project partnerships – Sarah Elliott, Project Manager and Michal Siewniak, Partnership Co-ordinator
  • Introduction to Hertfordshire County Council’s VCS Strategy, Commissioning Opportunities and Herts Help
  • Building partnerships - Herts Get Set interactive workshop

Herts Community Foundation Herts get set

Wakefield Event - What can the new European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme offer you?

03 March 2015 13:00 15:00

*Please note this event will repeat throughout February in Bradford, Leeds, Kirklees, Calderdale, Harrogate, Craven, York and Selby*

The new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme is due to finally commence this summer and will offer third sector organisations opportunities to be involved in the delivery of projects and interventions. Organisations may also be able to benefit from support services that will be developed for small businesses.

The Engage with ESIF! programme has been funded by Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to support the sector to engage with the ESIF programme in Leeds City Region.

These initial workshops are being held at district (or in some cases combined districts) level and will aim to give organisations an understanding of what the programme involves and what opportunities there may be to take part in it. Following these initial events, and partly determined by feedback from them, a series of further events will be held; some of these will have a tighter focus on specific themes within the ESIF programme and potential funding opportunities within those themes, others may focus on specific client groups or be targeted at specific parts of the sector.

The Engage with ESIF! programme is being delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds in partnership with the local CVS or equivalent in each district.

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Voluntary Action Leeds Big Lottery Fund

Herts Get Set On your marks event: Watford

02 March 2015 09:30 13:00

Herts Get Set is a project supported by the Big Lottery's Programme Development Fund, and is led by Hertfordshire Community Foundation and delivered in collaboration with our Herts Community Solutions partners.

Who should attend this event?

Voluntary and Community Organisations and social enterprises (VCSE) operating in Hertfordshire. We are particularly keen to encourage organisations who specialise in the provision of advice, training and other interventions to support the identified priority beneficiary groups for Hertfordshire tackle their barriers to employment and move closer to the job market. The key groups are: Young people aged 16-24 who are or are at risk of being marginalised;Adults with specific or multiple needs that present barriers to employment; Individuals needing help with issues such as debt, housing, childcare etc.

These events will also be of benefit to VCS infrastructure organisations who can provide support and capacity-building services for frontline delivery organisations and/or who are considering leading partnerships.

We reserve the right not to admit applicants who do not meet these criteria and may limit the number of attendees from a specific organisation depending on the places available.

What are the aims of this event?

  • Create awareness of the Building Better Opportunities Programme for Hertfordshire
  • Help VCSE organisations evaluate whether they want to lead and/or deliver within the programme
  • Develop understanding of the opportunities and support available for the VCS from the Community Wellbeing Commissioning team at Hertfordshire County Council

Outline Programme:

  • Introduction to European Funding and the social inclusion priorities for Hertfordshire – Norman Jennings, Skills and Employment Manager, Hertfordshire LEP
  • Building Better Opportunities – how ESF social inclusion projects will be awarded and managed – Big Lottery
  • Herts Get Set support available to help VCSE organisations in Hertfordshire to participate in project partnerships – Sarah Elliott, Project Manager and Michal Siewniak, Partnership Co-ordinator
  • Introduction to Hertfordshire County Council’s VCS Strategy, Commissioning Opportunities and Herts Help
  • Building partnerships - Herts Get Set interactive workshop

Herts Community Foundation Herts get set

ESIF 2014-2020 North East LEP area - Financial Inclusion themed workshop

27 February 2015 13:30 16:30

It will cover the social inclusion element of the funding in greater detail with specific emphasis on the financial inclusion theme and on the Big Lottery match funding processes.

VONNE anticipate high demand for the workshop and strongly advise booking onto only one of the themed workshops as the vast majority of the content will be the same in each of the themed workshops. VONNE will share information on all of the themes via the VONNE website.

Participation is strictly limited to one person per organisation. Organisations that are considering acting as lead bodies will be welcome to attend a themed workshop as well as the lead body workshop.

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Building Better Opportunities - Great Yarmouth

27 February 2015 10:30 13:00

The event will celebrate the skills and experience within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in the local area and introduce key research on the state of the VCSE sector in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Key information will be exchanged on public service delivery, volunteering and the extent to which the sector could benefit from the forthcoming European Structural and Investment Funds (ESF).

Agenda:

10:30  am Arrival and coffee

10:45 am Introductions, Brian Horner, Chief Executive, Voluntary Norfolk

11:00 am Research Findings and Headlines, Big Society Funding CIC

11:45 am Building Better Opportunities programme, Lucy Hogg, Voluntary Norfolk

12:15 Questions & Answer session

1:00 pm Close

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Bradford - What can the new European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme offer you?

27 February 2015 10:00 12:00

me along to this Bradford based event which to find out more about what the European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme can offer you.

*Please note this event will repeat throughout February in Harrogate, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale, Leeds, Craven, York and Selby*

The new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme is due to finally commence this summer and will offer third sector organisations opportunities to be involved in the delivery of projects and interventions. Organisations may also be able to benefit from support services that will be developed for small businesses.

The Engage with ESIF! programme has been funded by Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to support the sector to engage with the ESIF programme in Leeds City Region. 

These initial workshops are being held at district (or in some cases combined districts) level and will aim to give organisations an understanding of what the programme involves and what opportunities there may be to take part in it. Following these initial events, and partly determined by feedback from them, a series of further events will be held; some of these will have a tighter focus on specific themes within the ESIF programme and potential funding opportunities within those themes, others may focus on specific client groups or be targeted at specific parts of the sector.

The Engage with ESIF! programme is being delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds in partnership with the local CVS or equivalent in each district.

Voluntary Action Leeds Big Lottery Fund

ESIF 2014-2020 North East LEP area - Health inequality themed workshop

27 February 2015 09:30 12:00

The workshop will cover the social inclusion element of the funding in greater detail with specific emphasis on the health inequities theme and on the Big Lottery match funding processes.

VONNE anticipate high demand for the workshop and strongly advise booking onto only one of the themed workshops as the vast majority of the content will be the same in each of the themed workshops.

VONNE will share information on all of the themes via the VONNE website.

Participation is strictly limited to one person per organisation.

Organisations that are considering acting as lead bodies will be welcome to attend a themed workshop as well as the lead body workshop.

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Calderdale Event - What can the new European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme offer you?

26 February 2015 01:00 03:00

*Please note this event will repeat throughout February in Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees, Leeds, Harrogate, Craven, York and Selby*

The new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme is due to finally commence this summer and will offer third sector organisations opportunities to be involved in the delivery of projects and interventions. Organisations may also be able to benefit from support services that will be developed for small businesses.

The Engage with ESIF! programme has been funded by Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to support the sector to engage with the ESIF programme in Leeds City Region.

These initial workshops are being held at district (or in some cases combined districts) level and will aim to give organisations an understanding of what the programme involves and what opportunities there may be to take part in it.

Following these initial events, and partly determined by feedback from them, a series of further events will be held; some of these will have a tighter focus on specific themes within the ESIF programme and potential funding opportunities within those themes, others may focus on specific client groups or be targeted at specific parts of the sector.

The Engage with ESIF! programme is being delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds in partnership with the local CVS or equivalent in each district.

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Herts Get Set On your marks event: Hoddesdon

25 February 2015 13:30 16:30

Herts Get Set is a project supported by the Big Lottery's Programme Development Fund, and is led by Hertfordshire Community Foundation and delivered in collaboration with our Herts Community Solutions partners.

Who should attend this event?

Voluntary and Community Organisations and social enterprises (VCSE) operating in Hertfordshire. We are particularly keen to encourage organisations who specialise in the provision of advice, training and other interventions to support the identified priority beneficiary groups for Hertfordshire tackle their barriers to employment and move closer to the job market. The key groups are: Young people aged 16-24 who are or are at risk of being marginalised;Adults with specific or multiple needs that present barriers to employment; Individuals needing help with issues such as debt, housing, childcare etc.

These events will also be of benefit to VCS infrastructure organisations who can provide support and capacity-building services for frontline delivery organisations and/or who are considering leading partnerships.

We reserve the right not to admit applicants who do not meet these criteria and may limit the number of attendees from a specific organisation depending on the places available.

What are the aims of this event?

  • Create awareness of the Building Better Opportunities Programme for Hertfordshire
  • Help VCSE organisations evaluate whether they want to lead and/or deliver within the programme

Outline Programme:

  • Introduction to European Funding and the social inclusion priorities for Hertfordshire – Norman Jennings, Skills and Employment Manager, Hertfordshire LEP
  • Building Better Opportunities – how ESF social inclusion projects will be awarded and managed – Big Lottery
  • Herts Get Set support available to help VCSE organisations in Hertfordshire to participate in project partnerships – Sarah Elliott, Project Manager and Michal Siewniak, Partnership Co-ordinator
  • Building partnerships - Herts Get Set interactive workshop

Herts Community Foundation Herts get set

Information event: new European transnational programmes, new funding opportunities. Cornwall

25 February 2015 13:00 17:00

Many of the European Programmes are being launched during 2014-2015 and there will be new priorities, eligibility criteria and funding rules.

This local event will give you the opportunity to learn more about several new Programmes (excluding Structural Funds) to help you prepare successful applications in the future.

The event will also give you the chance to meet individually with the programme facilitators and receive guidance and advice on your project ideas, so come prepared!

Cornwall Council

Launch of 50+ works: A Guide for Older Jobseekers

25 February 2015 12:30 14:30

50+ Works, which continues to be updated with the support of the European Social Fund, is the product of extensive research of the barriers older jobseekers face, the modern job market and the techniques to best navigate it.

Although 50+ Works is not targeted at individual jobseekers, it contains a wealth of information that they have found useful.

TAEN therefore decided to produce a guide for older jobseekers, drawing principally on the relevant content from 50+ Works.

Confirmed Speaker:  Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Employment.

How to book

Places are limited so please book early if you would like to attend. To reserve a place contact joy.white@taen.org.uk

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Harrogate - What can the new European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme offer you?

25 February 2015 11:00 12:30

Come along to this Harrogate based event which to find out more about what the European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme can offer you.

*Please note this event will repeat throughout February in Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale, Leeds, Craven, York and Selby*

The new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme is due to finally commence this summer and will offer third sector organisations opportunities to be involved in the delivery of projects and interventions. Organisations may also be able to benefit from support services that will be developed for small businesses.

The Engage with ESIF! programme has been funded by Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to support the sector to engage with the ESIF programme in Leeds City Region. 

These initial workshops are being held at district (or in some cases combined districts) level and will aim to give organisations an understanding of what the programme involves and what opportunities there may be to take part in it. Following these initial events, and partly determined by feedback from them, a series of further events will be held; some of these will have a tighter focus on specific themes within the ESIF programme and potential funding opportunities within those themes, others may focus on specific client groups or be targeted at specific parts of the sector.

The Engage with ESIF! programme is being delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds in partnership with the local CVS or equivalent in each district.

Voluntary Action Leeds Big Lottery Fund

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP European Structural and Investment Funds workshop

25 February 2015 09:30 13:00

To register interest in attending: economicdev@solihull.gov.uk

Other ESIF events dates are 18 February 2015 and 04 March 2015.

Birmingham Solihull LEP

Building Better Opportunities workshop - Blackpool

24 February 2015 13:30 16:00

These workshops are aimed at organisations who have attended the initial briefings or read the relevant literature and are up to date with where the EU funds are at, what the fund is looking for and feel that their project or organisation can deliver programmes in line with the European Social Fund priorities.

If you are unsure whether to attend or need any further information regarding the EU programme, the Big Lottery Fund Opt-in or anything else, please get in touch with either

Alice Carline – ONE Lancashire – communications@onelancashire.org

John Hacking – Network for Europe - info@networkforeurope.eu

One Lancashire Network for Europe Big Lottery Fund

Greater Manchester: Supporting Social Enterprise Network Event - European Funding Update

24 February 2015 13:30 16:30

The event will be focused on the imminent launch of European funding aimed at Supporting Social Enterprise.

At the event, GMCVO will provide information about how Social Enterprise Support organisations can get involved in delivery partnerships for these funds. It is crucial that you attend if you are interested in delivering services funded through Greater Manchester European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-2020.

GMCVO



Building Better Opportunities - Information and Partnership Workshop SEMLEP

24 February 2015 09:30 13:30

Find out how your voluntary or community organisation can benefit from the exciting opportunities that will be available to you under the next European programme.

South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership is inviting voluntary and community groups to attend one of their four events in February and March, to provide you with:

• An overview of European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF)

• Presentation on European Social Fund (ESF) Big Lottery funding scheme Building Better Opportunities.

• The opportunity to meet other organisations from across SEMLEP area and begin to build relationships that will enable you to work together in consortia or partnerships that will be needed to access funding opportunities.

There will be two further events one in Kettering and one in Banbury / Bicester. Dates will be confirmed in due course.

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Black Country TA: ERDF Project Management workshop

24 February 2015 09:30 15:00

This workshop covers project planning using work packages and identifying high level and sub tasks linked to milestones plus the use of product descriptions.

The course will not lead to PRINCE2 accreditation but will provide an introduction to the concepts for people wishing to progress.

The workshop will cover –

  • The key components of a project management system
  • How the use of planning and quality systems contribute to successful delivery
  • How to develop and use quality management tools
  • The roles and responsibilities of project staff in planning and quality actions
  • How to use risk and issue management as an integral part of delivery.

How to Register

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please complete the attached booking form and send to Kaye Davies: davieskaye@walsall.gov.uk . Please include details of any special requirements.

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On your marks event - Hemel Hempstead

24 February 2015 09:30 13:00

On Your Marks is a programme of Herts Get Set events to help Hertfordshire’s voluntary sector to understand and get involved in Building Better Opportunities social inclusion projects funded by ESF and Big Lottery. Herts Get Set is a project supported by the Big Lottery's Programme Development Fund, and is led by Hertfordshire Community Foundation and delivered in collaboration with our Herts Community Solutions partners.

Who should attend this event?

Voluntary and Community Organisations and social enterprises (VCSE) operating in Hertfordshire. We are particularly keen to encourage organisations who specialise in the provision of advice, training and other interventions to support the identified priority beneficiary groups for Hertfordshire tackle their barriers to employment and move closer to the job market. The key groups are: Young people aged 16-24 who are or are at risk of being marginalised;Adults with specific or multiple needs that present barriers to employment; Individuals needing help with issues such as debt, housing, childcare etc.

These events will also be of benefit to VCS infrastructure organisations who can provide support and capacity-building services for frontline delivery organisations and/or who are considering leading partnerships.

We reserve the right not to admit applicants who do not meet these criteria and may limit the number of attendees from a specific organisation depending on the places available.

What are the aims of this event?

  • Create awareness of the Building Better Opportunities Programme for Hertfordshire
  • Help VCSE organisations evaluate whether they want to lead and/or deliver within the programme
  • Develop understanding of the opportunities and support available for the VCS from the Community Wellbeing Commissioning team at Hertfordshire County Council

Outline Programme:

  • Introduction to European Funding and the social inclusion priorities for Hertfordshire – Norman Jennings, Skills and Employment Manager, Hertfordshire LEP
  • Building Better Opportunities – how ESF social inclusion projects will be awarded and managed – Big Lottery
  • Herts Get Set support available to help VCSE organisations in Hertfordshire to participate in project partnerships – Sarah Elliott, Project Manager and Michal Siewniak, Partnership Co-ordinator
  • Introduction to Hertfordshire County Council’s VCS Strategy, Commissioning Opportunities and Herts Help
  • Building partnerships - Herts Get Set interactive workshop.

Herts Community Foundation Herts get set

Building Better Communities – Barnsley Workshop

23 February 2015 09:30 14:00

Tailored to fit the needs of Barnsley and districts, this half day event will address these key questions;

  • What are public service commissioners looking for?
  • Where are the opportunities for Third Sector and community organisations?
  • How can community and third sector organisations develop their capacity and businesses readiness to deliver large contracts and sustainability?

On the day we will hear from leaders plus presentations from local and regional organisations which have met the challenges of building capacity and commercial practice.  The event will act as the gateway to a series of events aimed at supporting the Third Sector’s development in Barnsley area, including Key Funds European Union funding workshops.

How to book

To book a place at the workshop please contact Jane Austin, at the Key Fund on email Jane.austin@thekeyfund.co.uk or telephone 01142428909

Key Fund

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP European Structural and Investment Funds workshop

18 February 2015 12:30 17:30

The roadshow will cover the LEP’s vision and the areas where funds could be spent to the best effect.

To register your interest in attending a roadshow, please email: economicdev@solihull.gov.uk

Birmingham Solihull LEP

Huddersfield - What can the new European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme offer you?

18 February 2015 09:30 12:00

Come along to this Kirklees based event which to find out more about what the European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme can offer you.

*Please note this event will repeat throughout February in Harrogate, Wakefield, Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Craven, York and Selby*

The new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme is due to finally commence this summer and will offer third sector organisations opportunities to be involved in the delivery of projects and interventions. Organisations may also be able to benefit from support services that will be developed for small businesses.

The Engage with ESIF! programme has been funded by Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to support the sector to engage with the ESIF programme in Leeds City Region. 

These initial workshops are being held at district (or in some cases combined districts) level and will aim to give organisations an understanding of what the programme involves and what opportunities there may be to take part in it. Following these initial events, and partly determined by feedback from them, a series of further events will be held; some of these will have a tighter focus on specific themes within the ESIF programme and potential funding opportunities within those themes, others may focus on specific client groups or be targeted at specific parts of the sector.

The Engage with ESIF! programme is being delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds in partnership with the local CVS or equivalent in each district.

Voluntary Action Leeds Big Lottery Fund

Community Voices: Looking at the Impact of European Migration on Communities in Lincoln

17 February 2015 14:00 17:00

Community Voices comprises a programme of six seminars in six local communities designed to examine the impact of European migrants on local services and develop a report on that impact, offering a space for discussion between community actors and EU migrants in the process. The seminar in Lincoln is the second seminar of this initiative.

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

14:00 – 14:10 Welcome and Introductions

Tamara Flanagan OBE, Director of Programmes, New Europeans

14:10 – 14:20 The Impact of European Migration: Education

Professor Madeleine Arnot, Faculty of  Education , Cambridge University

14:20 – 14:30 The Impact of European Migration: Employment issues

Jurgita Pranculyte Union Support Officer, Union Learn East Midlands

14:30 – 14:40 The Impact of European Migration: Rights and local services (Housing)

Tony McIlveen - Senior Solicitor Derbyshire Law Centre

14.40 – 14.50 The Impact of European Migration in Lincoln: A Community Organisation Perspective- Citizens Advice Bureau (tbc)

15:00 – 16.30              Roundtable Discussions: The Impact of European Migration on Local Services

Facilitated by representatives from New Europeans, CSV and local services

16:30 – 16.45              Summary of Roundtable Discussions and Closing Remarks

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Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe

17 February 2015 09:00 17:00

The study explores how emerging technologies in the digital economy can transform society by the mobilisation of collective action, enable a more collaborative economy, new ways of making, citizen participation, sustainability and social innovation.

The event will gather leading European practitioners, funders, academics and policy makers from EU, national, regional and local governments working on Digital Social Innovation to discuss lessons from the research and the future of DSI in Europe.

Read more about the research and explore the network of DSI organisations that has been developed as part of the research.

The event will also be an opportunity for participants to learn more about the funding opportunities for DSI in Europe through the Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation call.

 

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Leeds - What can the new European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) programme offer you?

16 February 2015 13:00 15:00

The new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme is due to finally commence this summer and will offer third sector organisations opportunities to be involved in the delivery of projects and interventions. Organisations may also be able to benefit from support services that will be developed for small businesses.

These initial workshops are being held at district (or in some cases combined districts) level and will aim to give organisations an understanding of what the programme involves and what opportunities there may be to take part in it.

Following these initial events, and partly determined by feedback from them, a series of further events will be held; some of these will have a tighter focus on specific themes within the ESIF programme and potential funding opportunities within those themes, others may focus on specific client groups or be targeted at specific parts of the sector.

The Engage with ESIF! programme is being delivered by Voluntary Action Leeds in partnership with the local CVS or equivalent in each district.

Register now

Voluntary Action Leeds Big Lottery Fund

European Social Fund Information event: Sheffield City Region

12 February 2015 09:45 12:00

To book your place please contact Sarah Kelly on 01709 834467 or via email to sarah.kelly@varotherham.org.uk

Read more about the European Social Fund in Sheffield

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Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP European Structural and Investment Funds workshop

11 February 2015 14:00 17:00

Further roadshows will be held on 18th & 25th February and 4th March – more details to follow.

Information events on the Government’s European Structural and Investment Funds programme 2014-20 hosted by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

The roadshow will cover the LEP’s vision and the areas where funds could be spent to the best effect.

To register your interest in attending a roadshow, please email: economicdev@solihull.gov.uk

Birmingham Solihull LEP

Building Better Opportunities - Humber - Linking projects and priorities

10 February 2015 09:00 12:30

Cert-Ltd is hosting a series of skills workshops that will explain how organisations can successfully apply for and manage the European Social Fund.

The workshops are free of charge.

Register now

Certltd Big Lottery Fund

Building Better Opportunities: Maximising the economic potential of Dorset’s diverse communities

05 February 2015 13:30 17:30

During 2015, significant European Union funding will become available to boost economic development in Dorset. Some of this is earmarked for tackling barriers to economic inclusion.

The new £10 million EU/BIG Lottery funded Building Better Opportunities programme for Dorset will:

  • Improve people’s life chances by funding projects that reflect local priorities and community needs;
  • Be based on evidence about what works best, and be delivered by capable providers;
  • Provide personalised help to people furthest from the labour market to develop their skills and talents, and overcome challenges.

These workshops will:

  • Help you to understand the requirements of this new EU and BIG Lottery Fund programme;
  • Introduce our five themes: Mental health, Young People, Rural Isolation, Long term unemployed, Social Enterprise;
  • Introduce partnership requirements and opportunities for smaller organisations;
  • Enable you to assess whether the programme would be right for your organisation;
  • Help start the process of designing the criteria the BIG Lottery Fund will use to award grants.

Workshops are free, though you are asked to book as places will be limited.

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Dorset Community Action Big Lottery Fund

Building Better Opportunities workshop - Burnley

05 February 2015 13:00 15:30

These workshops are aimed at organisations who have attended the initial briefings or read the relevant literature  and are up to date with where the EU funds are at, what the fund is looking for and feel that their project or organisation can deliver programmes in line with the European Social Fund priorities.

If you are unsure whether to attend or need any further information regarding the EU programme, the Big Lottery Fund Opt-in or anything else, please get in touch with either

Alice Carline – ONE Lancashire – communications@onelancashire.org

John Hacking – Network for Europe - info@networkforeurope.eu

One Lancashire Network for Europe Big Lottery Fund

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP European Structural and Investment Funds workshop

04 February 2015 10:00 13:00

Further roadshows will be held on 18th & 25th February and 4th March – more details to follow.

Information events on the Government’s European Structural and Investment Funds programme 2014-20 hosted by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

The roadshow will cover the LEP’s vision and the areas where funds could be spent to the best effect.

To register your interest in attending a roadshow, please email: economicdev@solihull.gov.uk

Birmingham Solihull LEP

ESIF Rural Economic Inclusion Workshop - Leicestershire

04 February 2015 09:30 12:30

Within the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership's (LLEP) EU Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Strategy there is currently £4m ring-fenced for supporting people in rural areas towards work and training.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to consider a coordinated countywide approach to this funding.

Funding details

The areas that have been highlighted to explore further include:

  • Outreach advice and support to help people towards self-employment, work and training
  • Transport initiatives to help people access work and training
  • Job-entry routes to help people into rural jobs
  • Work experience and voluntary work as a route into work

Who should attend?

If your group delivers in any of the areas listed above and is interested in being part of a possible SEIF partnership bid, this event is for you.

Contact details

To find out more or confirm your place please email matthew.jones@leics.gov.ukor call 0116 3053117.

Voluntary Action Leicestershire

European Social Fund Information Opportunities event - Sheffield

02 February 2015 10:30 12:30

Come and hear about European Social Fund opportunities in the Sheffield City Region from the Key Fund.

Here is a summary of how things are planned to work, although changes are expected to this.

Get very latest update from the Big Lottery's involvement in European Social Fund 2014-2020 Programme.

To book, email Voluntary Action Sheffield at info@vas.org.uk

Big Lottery Fund Key Fund Voluntary Action Sheffield

Building Better Opportunities - Humber - Bid writing skills

02 February 2015 02:00 16:30

Cert-Ltd is hosting a series of skills workshops that will explain how organisations can successfully apply for and manage the European Social Fund.

The workshops are free of charge.

Register now

Certltd Big Lottery Fund

Building Better Opportunities: Maximising the economic potential of Dorset’s diverse communities

30 January 2015 09:30 12:30

During 2015, significant European Union funding will become available to boost economic development in Dorset. Some of this is earmarked for tackling barriers to economic inclusion.

The new £10 million EU/BIG Lottery funded Building Better Opportunities programme for Dorset will:

  • Improve people’s life chances by funding projects that reflect local priorities and community needs;
  • Be based on evidence about what works best, and be delivered by capable providers;
  • Provide personalised help to people furthest from the labour market to develop their skills and talents, and overcome challenges.

These workshops will:

  • Help you to understand the requirements of this new EU and BIG Lottery Fund programme;
  • Introduce our five themes: Mental health, Young People, Rural Isolation, Long term unemployed, Social Enterprise;
  • Introduce partnership requirements and opportunities for smaller organisations;
  • Enable you to assess whether the programme would be right for your organisation;
  • Help start the process of designing the criteria the BIG Lottery Fund will use to award grants.

Workshops are free, though you are asked you to book as places will be limited.

Book now

Dorset Community Action Big Lottery Fund

Building Better Opportunities - Cumbria

29 January 2015 10:00 13:30

he Building Better Opportunities programme will provide around £5 million of funding over the next 6 years. It consists of funding from the Big Lottery Fund that will be matched with European funding. The programme is aimed at supporting people who are furthest from employment and who experience some of the most extreme disadvantage in Cumbria. So if you are a voluntary, community or social enterprise that supports these people, then this event is for you!

The event will:

  • Provide an overview of European Funding
    John Hacking, Network for Europe
  • Highlight the priority areas of work for this programme
    Nik Hardy, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
  • Give an insight into the application process
    Caroline Macdonald, Big Lottery Fund

It is anticipated that groups will need to work in collaboration within this new programme and therefore delegates will also take part in a facilitated workshop to discuss possible programme activities.

The event will finish with a networking lunch.

How to book

Download a booking form

Big Lottery Fund Cumbria CVS

Civil Society in research and innovation

28 January 2015 14:00 18:00

The event aims to highlight work undertaken by EESC and the CONSIDER consortium and stimulate debate between representatives of the main stakeholder groups involved in civil society in research.

By highlighting current practice and factors that influence the success of civil society organisations involvement in research, the event provides insights into good practice that can be the basis of future policy.

Download the Programme

Civil society in research and innovation

Building Better Opportunities: Maximising the economic potential of Dorset’s diverse communities

28 January 2015 09:30 12:30

During 2015, significant European Union funding will become available to boost economic development in Dorset. Some of this is earmarked for tackling barriers to economic inclusion.

The new £10 million EU/BIG Lottery funded Building Better Opportunities programme for Dorset will:

  • Improve people’s life chances by funding projects that reflect local priorities and community needs;
  • Be based on evidence about what works best, and be delivered by capable providers;
  • Provide personalised help to people furthest from the labour market to develop their skills and talents, and overcome challenges.

These workshops will:

  • Help you to understand the requirements of this new EU and BIG Lottery Fund programme;
  • Introduce our five themes: Mental health, Young People, Rural Isolation, Long term unemployed, Social Enterprise;
  • Introduce partnership requirements and opportunities for smaller organisations;
  • Enable you to assess whether the programme would be right for your organisation;
  • Help start the process of designing the criteria the BIG Lottery Fund will use to award grants.

Workshops are free, though we ask you to book as places will be limited.

Register now

Dorset Community Action Big Lottery Fund

Building Better Opportunities - Humber - Governance

22 January 2015 02:00 04:30

Cert-Ltd is hosting a series of skills workshops that will explain how organisations can successfully apply for and manage the European Social Fund.

The workshops are free of charge.

Register now

Certltd Big Lottery Fund

Financial Instruments under 2014-2020 under European Structural Investment Funds

19 January 2015 03:55 20 January 2015 15:55

The new legal and policy framework of the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 has widened the scope of financial instruments to include all thematic objectives and all five ESIF funds - the European RegionalDevelopment Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Social Fund (ESF), theEuropean Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Fi-compass is an integrated platform providing comprehensive advice and learning opportunities set up by the European Commission (EC), in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB).

This event will further your understanding of how financial instruments can help deliver ESIF 2014-2020 objectives. Participants will also learn how new initiatives, including ficompass and its multi-region assistance initiative, can support their efforts to implement financial instruments.

Download the agenda

EC fi compass

Shropshire VCSA Networks Event - EU Funding Social Inclusion

16 January 2015 09:30 12:00

Find out how the Big Lottery Fund will be match funding social inclusion activities in Shropshire from the 2014-2020 European Social Fund Programme - read about it on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Book your place

Big Lottery Fund Shropshire VCSA

New opportunities launch - Cornwall

14 January 2015 09:00 15:00

Cornwall VSF’s New Opportunities ‘Chons Nowydh’ project is playing a vital role in preparing the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector for this funding.

This event which consists of presentations, interactive workshopsconsultations, and networking, will provide a comprehensive overview of funding and partner opportunities as well as a thorough look at application requirements.

Presentations

  • Building Better Opportunities: An Update on the Next EU Programme – Judith Hahn, Employment & Skills Manager, Cornwall Council
  • Building Better Opportunities – Catherine Stevens, Policy & Learning Manager, Big Lottery

Interactive Workshops:

Partnerships / Collaboration – Mark Richardson, CEO, Cornwall VS

  • Partnership and collaboration as key characteristics of the Big Lottery approach to ESF
  • Different forms of partnership and collaboration
  • Building partnerships into bids
  • Development grants and partnership agreement

New to ESF – Andrew Green, CEO, Cornwall Learning Partnership

  • Insights into ESF principles
  • Latest information on the Big Lottery’s proposal on how organisations will down funds and report outcomes
  • How this might differ from current practice in Convergence
  • How to prepare your organisation for the new programme

Risk Assessment – David Read, Policy Specialist, Cornwall Council

  • Why identifying and mitigating risks and impacts is important
  • Overview of the Comprehensive Impact Assessment (CIA)
  • Using the CIA

Co-Production/Co-Design – Penni Pollard, Strategic Lead, Cornwall Council

  • What is co-production
  • What does it look like in practice
  • How can you go about doing it
  • Assessing the present state and identifying improvement

Importance of Measuring your Impact – Steve Woollett, CEO, South West Forum

  • Key concepts, tools, techniques and resources in impact measurement
  • Understanding, measuring and communicating the impact you make
  • Social value – the latest developments and what you need to know

Business Planning – Ian Smith, Interim CEO, Cornwall VSF

  • PEST
  • SWOT
  • Marketing analysis
  • Boston Matrix

How to book

The event is FREE to attend. However, advanced booking is essential.

For further information please contact admin@cornwallvsf.org or 01872 241 584.

Big Lottery Fund VSF Cornwall

Building Better Opportunities - Humber - Outputs and Outcomes

13 January 2015 02:00 16:30

Cert-Ltd is hosting a series of skills workshops that will explain how organisations can successfully apply for and manage the European Social Fund.

The workshops are free of charge.

Register now

Certltd Big Lottery Fund

Building Better Opportunities - Beverley

12 January 2015 09:00 12:30

Cert-Ltd is hosting a series of workshops that will explain how the European Social Fund 2014-2020 programme will work, what you will need to do to access and manage it and how organisations can work together to increase the take up of funding.

The workshops are free of charge.

Register now

Certltd Big Lottery Fund

Building Better Opportunities - Barton-Upon-Humber

09 January 2015 14:00 16:30

Cert-Ltd is hosting a series of workshops that will explain how the European Social Fund 2014-2020 programme will work, what you will need to do to access and manage it and how organisations can work together to increase the take up of funding.

The workshops are free of charge.

Register now

Certltd Big Lottery Fund

ESF & Big Lottery funding consultation event - Codsall

17 December 2014 14:00 16:00

These events are to discuss the new joint BIG Lottery and European Social Fund (ESF) is aimed at supporting local grass roots groups in engaging those furthest from the labour market.

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Erasmus + seminar: London

12 December 2014 09:30 13:30

The new Erasmus + programme will provide opportunities for over four million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.

  • Education and youth mobility projects giving individuals the chance to spend time abroad to help boost their skills and employability in the UK.
  • Transnational partnerships, to foster cooperation between the worlds of education and work and help tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe
  • Support for policy reform in education, training and youth
  • Projects to develop, share and put into practice innovative ideas and practices in sport, particularly at the grassroots level

Is this seminar right for you?

  • Are you a non-profit organisation, association, NGO or public body at local or regional level?
  • Is your organisation active in education, training, youth and sport?
  • Do you want to understand what this specific programme offers?
  • Are you interested in assessing whether this is an opportunity for your organisation?

Access Europe Network

Reinventing the European Social Fund - Gender, the key to a smart, sustainable and inclusive society

10 December 2014 09:30 17:30

ESF is currently one of the most important instruments to implement gender equality objectives both on the national and the European level.

Gender is the key to achieving a sustainable, smart and inclusive society and an important aspect of all strategies designed to meet the current social and economic crisis in Europe.

This conference aims to show how to improve ESF through a systematic quality work integrating gender into daily operations.

The conference will also show how to meet the obligations regarding gender equality in the new ESF regulations as well as the objectives of the EU2020 strategy.

Download the conference agenda

Gender CoP

NCVO event:European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020: from policy to practice - how will the Voluntary and Community Sector engage in the new Programme?

10 December 2014 09:30 16:00

This event is now SOLD OUT

The aim of the event is to provide participants with an update on the policy developments of the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 Programme as well as with an opportunity to hear about the main entry routes into the Programme from the Opt-in and Co-financing Organisations.

The Big Lottery Fund, as one of the main Opt-in organisations providing match funding for the Social Inclusion element of the Programme, is in the process of firming up entry routes and are keen to hear views from the sector on its emerging delivery models.

Join us to improve your knowledge of the European Structural and Investment Funds, and to learn how your organisation can take full advantage of the new opportunities on offer.

Lunch and refreshments will be included.

View Final Agenda

Outcomes

  • Understand what are the opportunities for the voluntary sector in the new ESIF 2014-2020 programme
  • Know who the ‘opt-in organisations’ are and how your organisation will be able to apply for funding
  • Participate by giving feedback
  • Be aware of support available for the sector

Who should attend?

This event is not to be missed if you are from a voluntary sector organisation wishing to apply for the ESIF 2014-2020 programme.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Cancellation policy

Although this is a free event, please do notify us if you are unable to attend.

NB The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue without notice.

Register now

Presentations

The Big Lottery’s role as match funder of social inclusion in EU funding 2014-2020, Sue Ormiston, Big Lottery Fund, December 2014

Presentation

Please note that information included in this presentation is subject to final agreement and sign off.

European Structural and Investment Funds overview – the UK Government Position Update. Nick Dexter, DCLG, December 2014

Presentation

UK Government ESIF 2014-2020 position. Rob Wells, DEFRA. December 2014

Presentation

Working in Partnerships, the voluntary sector and LEPs:  model for collaborative leadership. Presentation by John Markham MBE, Chair, Northamptonshire LEP

Presentation

Working in Partnerships, the voluntary sector and LEPs: the local approach. Presentation by Tom Hinchcliffe, Enterprise M3 LEP

Presentation

NOMS ESF Co-financing Organisation 2014-2020, Mark Nickson, Head of National Offender Management Service ESF CFO

Presentation

ESF 2014-2020 DWP Opt-in. Paul Higginbottom, Department for Work and Pensions

Presentation

Big Lottery Fund’s Building Better Opportunities presentation: Laura Furness, Big Lottery Fund

Presentation

Please note that information included in this presentation is subject to final agreement and sign off

Skills Funding Agency 2014-2020 Opt in Offer, Ebrahim Dockrat MBE, Skills Funding Agency

Presentation

European Structural and Investment Funds: Delivery of the Programmes, Dr Carol Sweetenham, DCLG, December 2014

Presentation

 

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ESF & Big Lottery funding consultation event - Stoke-on-Trent

09 December 2014 10:00 12:00

These events are to discuss the new joint BIG Lottery and European Social Fund (ESF) is aimed at supporting local grass roots groups in engaging those furthest from the labour market.

VAST

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP: EU funding workshop

04 December 2014 09:30 15:30
The event will include:
  • Talks from the LEP team giving an update on progress with the programme
  • ESIF funding presentations and interactive workshops designed to brief partners and raise awareness of funding opportunities available to them and their organisations
  • Practical case studies and the opportunity to share the experiences of partners in delivering successful projects
  • 1-2-1 clinics with LEP facilitators designed to help partners develop their project ideas in readiness to submit them as soon as the programmes go live in 2015

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ESF & Big Lottery funding consultation event - Stafford

03 December 2014 01:00 03:00

 

VAST

North East European Funding 2014-2020 Durham Update

28 November 2014 10:00 12:00

The workshop will provide an update on the local strategic priorities which are a key part of future investment decisions and important for developing eligible projects for the 2014-2020 European Funding programme.

There will also be an update from the national programme framework and an overview of proposed application arrangements.

The second half of the workshop will include thematic breakout sessions based around innovation, business growth, sustainability, rural growth and employability, skills and inclusion.

This will provide a chance for you to network with other interested partners and discuss opportunities for bringing forward consortia applications.

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North East European Funding 2014-2020 Newcastle Update

27 November 2014 13:30 15:30

The workshop will provide an update on the local strategic priorities which are a key part of future investment decisions and important for developing eligible projects for the 2014-2020 European Funding programme.

There will also be an update from the national programme framework and an overview of proposed application arrangements.

The second half of the workshop will include thematic breakout sessions based around innovation, business growth, sustainability, rural growth and employability, skills and inclusion.

This will provide a chance for you to network with other interested partners and discuss opportunities for bringing forward consortia applications.

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP: EU funding workshop

26 November 2014 09:30 15:30
The event will include
  • Talks from the LEP team giving an update on progress with the programme
  • ESIF funding presentations and interactive workshops designed to brief partners and raise awareness of funding opportunities available to them and their organisations
  • Practical case studies and the opportunity to share the experiences of partners in delivering successful projects
  • 1-2-1 clinics with LEP facilitators designed to help partners develop their project ideas in readiness to submit them as soon as the programmes go live in 2015

greater cambridge and greater peterborough lep

Fourth Annual Convention of the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion

21 November 2014 09:00 22 November 2014 14:00

This year the Convention will focus on progress in reform in the social field at EU and Member State level and on the results of the public consultation opened recently on the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the poverty-reduction target and the Poverty Platform.

Follow the debate on Twitter: #Poverty2020

The European Parliament President, the European Commission President and the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility will be speaking at the event.

Go to the European Commission website for full programme details.

One Lancashire: Free briefing workshops on EU funding programmes 2014-2020. Blackburn

20 November 2014 10:00 13:30

This work forms part of Big Lottery Fund plans, to match fund money within the new round of the European Social Fund (ESF).

As part of this work two briefing events are being held in:

  • Preston on the 18th Nov - The Salvation Army, Harrington Street, Preston, PR1
  • Blackburn on the 20thNov - Kings Court, 33 King Street, Blackburn, BB2 2DH

The events will run from 10am -1pm with lunch and networking opportunities at the close.

The events will cover:

  • The background to EU funding in Lancashire
  • The role of the LEP and the scope of ESF
  • The opportunities provided to VCSE organisations in Lancashire.
  • The opportunities provided through the Big Lottery Fund ESF Opt In Programme
  • An opportunity for organisations to found out how they might get involved.

There will be a further 3 events held later in Nov/Dec to develop further project ideas with organisations who can take the next step towards developing high quality Big Lottery Funded projects.

The aim is to boost the impact and scope of projects in Lancashire, provide a more straightforward route for engagement and ensure that all opportunities are maximised.

To reserve a place on either the Preston or Blackburn events please register through eventbrite.

Network for Europe One Lancashire

One Lancashire: Free briefing workshops on EU funding programmes 2014-2020. Preston

18 November 2014 10:00 13:30

This work forms part of Big Lottery Fund plans, to match fund money within the new round of the European Social Fund (ESF).

As part of this work two briefing events are being held in:

  • Preston on the 18th Nov - The Salvation Army, Harrington Street, Preston, PR1
  • Blackburn on the 20thNov - Kings Court, 33 King Street, Blackburn, BB2 2DH

The events will run from 10am -1pm with lunch and networking opportunities at the close.

The events will cover:

  • The background to EU funding in Lancashire
  • The role of the LEP and the scope of ESF
  • The opportunities provided to VCSE organisations in Lancashire.
  • The opportunities provided through the Big Lottery Fund ESF Opt In Programme
  • An opportunity for organisations to found out how they might get involved.

There will be a further 3 events held later in Nov/Dec to develop further project ideas with organisations who can take the next step towards developing high quality Big Lottery Funded projects.

The aim is to boost the impact and scope of projects in Lancashire, provide a more straightforward route for engagement and ensure that all opportunities are maximised.

Network for Europe One Lancashire

Unlocking the potential of the social economy for EU growth

17 November 2014 09:00 18 November 2014 17:30

The Social Economy is one of the priorities of the Italian Government during the Semester of Italian presidency of the EU Council. With the aim of contributing to the definition of the European agenda in this field, the Italian presidency will dedicate careful consideration to the role of the social economy for European growth by organizing an online public consultation and an international event, which will take place on November 17-18, in Rome – Italy.

Italian presidency

GMCVO: European Briefing (Salford)

14 November 2014 13:30 15:30

The short series of half-day meetings to brief voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations on the new European funding programme will be held in Manchester, Bolton, Salford and Oldham.

Greater Manchester has an allocation of £356 million of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the 2014-20 programme.  Executive support for the Local Enterprise Partnership is provided by New Economy with which GMCVO – advocating for the interests of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector – has a close working relationship.

GMCVO, are also working with the European Funding Network’s Network for Europe, and New Economy to provide a range of information and advice to help VCSE organisations, and the organisations that support them, to make sure everyone is aware of the plan, can identify whether and how you could and would want to participate, understand the routes into delivery, and are prepared for the practical requirements of working with European funding.

GMCVO also have a seat on the ‘Local Management Committee’ which has been set up by the LEP to develop, design and manage the delivery of the ESIF plan.

Read the Greater Manchester LEP’s ESIF Strategy.

GMCVO

Hertfordshire LEP & BIG event on EU Funding for Voluntary Sector

13 November 2014 09:30 12:30

Herts has been allocated around £30 million from the European Social Fund (2014-2020), 20% of this will be spent on ‘social inclusion’ type projects.

The social inclusion funding of around £6 million will be matched 50/50 from BIG Lottery Fund resources, doubling the pot the £12 million for project activity in the county.

The BIG Lottery Fund, separately, has awarded £20,000 of Programme Development Funding to Hertfordshire to:
• raise awareness of the ESF 2014-2020 programme
• establish a point of contact for queries
• work with the local VCSE sector to discuss local need and how best to tackle local priorities

You are invited to this event to get an overview of ESF funding in Hertfordshire, to hear more about the support available to VCSE applicants and to gain an understanding of how the bidding process will work from early 2015.

The event is free to attend but booking is necessary to ensure a place as space is limited.

Please send your name, organisation and e-mail address to: info@hertfordshirelep.co.uk.

In view of the anticipated demand, only one delegate per organisation will be accepted and places allocated on a first come first served basis. Registered delegates will receive the final programme soon. If you are unable to attend but would like to be kept informed of future events please also let us have your contact details.

Hertfordhire LEP Big Lottery Fund

The Skills Show

13 November 2014 09:00 15 November 2014 05:00

The Skills Show offers first hand opportunities in skills, training and Apprenticeships. There will be exhibitors, demonstrations, competitions and careers advice on hand.

Find out about the European Social Fund employment projects funded across England.

There will also be an opportunity for employers, teachers and trainers to champion the importance of skills – particularly higher level professional and technical skills – in sustaining growth and wider prosperity in the UK.

Watch the Skills Show in action

The Skills Show is co-funded by the European Social Fund.

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Gloucestershire LEP - voluntary sector update

13 November 2014 08:00 10:00

Along with match funding and bidding opportunities for VCSE organisations that will come from this through Big Lottery, there will be some interesting input from GFirst LEP, Big Lottery, The Cabinet Office, and the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance.

The morning event will include :

8.00 Registration, networking & breakfast
8.20 Peter Carr, GFirst LEP with Government funding update
Sam Magne, The Big Lottery Fund
Matt Lennard, Gloucestershire VCS Alliance 
Margaret Firth, Cabinet Office
10:00
Event finish

Spaces are limited at this event, please register your free space now, keeping one space per organisation.

If you are unable to attend this event please let us know by emailing info@gfirst.co.uk and we will ensure you are kept up to date with developments from the session.

Gloucestershire LEP

GMCVO: European Briefing (Oldham)

07 November 2014 13:30 15:30

The short series of half-day meetings to brief voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations on the new European funding programme will be held in Manchester, Bolton, Salford and Oldham.

Greater Manchester has an allocation of £356 million of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the 2014-20 programme.  Executive support for the Local Enterprise Partnership is provided by New Economy with which GMCVO – advocating for the interests of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector – has a close working relationship.

GMCVO, are also working with the European Funding Network’s Network for Europe, and New Economy to provide a range of information and advice to help VCSE organisations, and the organisations that support them, to make sure everyone is aware of the plan, can identify whether and how you could and would want to participate, understand the routes into delivery, and are prepared for the practical requirements of working with European funding.

GMCVO also have a seat on the ‘Local Management Committee’ which has been set up by the LEP to develop, design and manage the delivery of the ESIF plan.

Read the Greater Manchester LEP’s ESIF Strategy.

GMCVO

East of England LGA: EU funding for jobs and growth

05 November 2014 10:00 15:30

Participants will hear from the National Contact points of the five principle Territorial Cooperation programmes of relevance to local growth in the East, as well as benefitting from an update from Dr Carol Sweetenham of the DCLG ERDF division on the EU Growth Programme.

This will provide participants with an update on expectations for delivery of the wider Structural Funds (ERDF, ESF, EAFRD).

The day will highlight the Territorial Cooperation programmes, the investment priorities of the programmes, and will provide up to date information on how you might best engage with opportunities for stimulating local growth working with international partners. 

Download a copy of the draft agenda

The day is aimed principally at Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and their partners from the private, voluntary and environmental sectors.

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Dorset LEP consultation on European Structural and Investment Funds

31 October 2014 14:00 16:30

With the allocation of £40.3m European Structural and Investment Funding (ESIF), Dorset LEP ESIF Strategy 2014 – 2020 details Dorset’s three key investment priorities.

  1. Supporting Business growth and innovation
  2. Reducing the carbon footprint of Dorset
  3. Supporting and improving the labour market and workforce.

These events will focus on priorities 1 & 2, please note that other events will be planned to consult the voluntary and community sector and other stakeholders on the third Dorset LEP priority of ‘supporting and improving the labour market and workforce’.

Dorset LEP

INTERREG Europe Seminar

28 October 2014 10:00 13:30

The new INTERREG EUROPE programme has €359 million available to stimulate cooperation and policy learning to improve policies and programmes for regional development. The programme encourages stakeholders across Europe to exchange ideas and good practice in a range of policy areas. The programme has four themes:

  • Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs
  • Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
  • Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency

To find out more and see whether this seminar is for you write to info@accesseurope.org.uk. Registration is essential and will close on Thursday 17th October 2014.

This event is free of charge for London-based third sector organisations and local authorities only. Other organisations are subject to a small fee.

Access Europe Network

Dorset LEP consultation on European Structural and Investment Funds

27 October 2014 14:00 16:30

With the allocation of £40.3m European Structural and Investment Funding (ESIF), Dorset LEP ESIF Strategy 2014 – 2020 details Dorset’s three key investment priorities.

  1. Supporting Business growth and innovation
  2. Reducing the carbon footprint of Dorset
  3. Supporting and improving the labour market and workforce.

These events will focus on priorities 1 & 2, please note that other events will be planned to consult the voluntary and community sector and other stakeholders on the third Dorset LEP priority of ‘supporting and improving the labour market and workforce’.

Dorset LEP

Introduction to EU Structural and Investment Funds programme 2014-20

27 October 2014 10:00 16:00

The LEPs have a new strategic role in the delivery of the next round of EU funds, including European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and ESF, from 2014 to 2020. LEPs will be responsible for ensuring local growth outcomes are delivered by working with a range of local partners, including the VCS.

In maximising the VCS role in enabling economic inclusion, it has become even more important for the VCS to demonstrate their social and economic contribution and the key role they can play under the EU structural funds programme.

The workshop provides that basic level of understanding for small VCS organisations that haven’t accessed this funding before and would be interested in potentially applying for funding when the programme opens or influencing how investments are made locally.

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for trustees, management committee members, CEOs, managers, funding advisers and development managers who have very limited or no knowledge of EU Structural and Investment Funding.

By attending this workshop delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of ESIF, focusing on ERDF;
  • Understand the future role of LEPs in ESIF;
  • Understand what the 2014-20 ESIF 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.

Other information

  • No prior knowledge needed. This workshop is a basic introduction to the ESIF programme and the role of LEPs in this programme.
  • Please note that One East Midlands will not provide any specific legal advice for your organisation or project. Obtaining correct legal advice will remain the responsibility of your organisation.

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GMCVO: European Briefing (Bolton)

24 October 2014 10:00 12:00

The short series of half-day meetings to brief voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations on the new European funding programme will be held in Manchester, Bolton, Salford and Oldham.

Greater Manchester has an allocation of £356 million of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the 2014-20 programme.  Executive support for the Local Enterprise Partnership is provided by New Economy with which GMCVO – advocating for the interests of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector – has a close working relationship.

GMCVO, are also working with the European Funding Network’s Network for Europe, and New Economy to provide a range of information and advice to help VCSE organisations, and the organisations that support them, to make sure everyone is aware of the plan, can identify whether and how you could and would want to participate, understand the routes into delivery, and are prepared for the practical requirements of working with European funding.

GMCVO also have a seat on the ‘Local Management Committee’ which has been set up by the LEP to develop, design and manage the delivery of the ESIF plan.

Read the Greater Manchester LEP’s ESIF Strategy.

GMCVO

Dorset LEP consultation on European Structural and Investment Funds

22 October 2014 14:00 16:30

With the allocation of £40.3m European Structural and Investment Funding (ESIF), Dorset LEP ESIF Strategy 2014 – 2020 details Dorset’s three key investment priorities.

  1. Supporting Business growth and innovation
  2. Reducing the carbon footprint of Dorset
  3. Supporting and improving the labour market and workforce.

These events will focus on priorities 1 & 2, please note that other events will be planned to consult the voluntary and community sector and other stakeholders on the third Dorset LEP priority of ‘supporting and improving the labour market and workforce’.

 

Dorset LEP

GMCVO: European Briefing

14 October 2014 13:30 15:30

The short series of half-day meetings to brief voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations on the new European funding programme will be held in Manchester, Bolton, Salford and Oldham.

Greater Manchester has an allocation of £356 million of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the 2014-20 programme.  Executive support for the Local Enterprise Partnership is provided by New Economy with which GMCVO – advocating for the interests of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector – has a close working relationship.

GMCVO, are also working with the European Funding Network’s Network for Europe, and New Economy to provide a range of information and advice to help VCSE organisations, and the organisations that support them, to make sure everyone is aware of the plan, can identify whether and how you could and would want to participate, understand the routes into delivery, and are prepared for the practical requirements of working with European funding.

GMCVO also have a seat on the ‘Local Management Committee’ which has been set up by the LEP to develop, design and manage the delivery of the ESIF plan.

Read the Greater Manchester LEP’s ESIF Strategy.

GMCVO

Black Country TA: ERDF Project Closure and Exit Strategies Workshop

14 October 2014 09:30 16:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

ERDF Project Closure and Exit Strategies

Closing and archiving a project is a separate workstream in its own right with the technicalities of document retention in order to avoid clawback and repayments in the future. Of equal importance is the achievement of the project's exit strategy and sustainability factors. All need addressing through project planning and delivery. This one day session provides the information and guidance to ensure the processes are correctly embedded.

The session aims –

  • To encourage projects to develop managed exit strategies and investment sustainability
  • To plan for project closure as a component of project management
  • To review the process of document retention and archiving to meet ERDF requirements
  • To consider the maintenance aspects of project closure – follow up actions, people, assets, lessons learnt.

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please email Kaye Davies and include details of any special requirements.

The workshops, are suitable for Black Country ERDF project staff, funding, finance and procurement officers and accountable bodies and guarantors.

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

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EU funding Master Class: Horizon 2020

08 October 2014 09:30 16:30

The event is applicable to all sectors and the topics covered provide a comprehensive view of the main areas that any organisation planning to participate in Horizon 2020 should be aware of:

  • Making the right strategic decision about partnering
  • Taking the right approach to minimise the cost of participation
  • Working with the European Commission on your proposal
  • Available support
  • Building a team
  • Work integration
  • Matching roles to partners
  • Consortium organisation
  • Partner search methods
  • Building a proposal
  • Proposal section by section view

This event will offer an opportunity for an in-depth examination of the task of putting together a winning proposal under Horizon 2020, but also discuss the reasons WHY you should participate and WHAT you are getting into, providing you with all the information you require to make strategic decisions about participation.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided at this event.

Enterprise Europe Network

Black Country TA: Monitoring and Auditing of ERDF Projects Workshop

08 October 2014 09:30 16:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

Monitoring and Auditing of ERDF Projects

The European Regulations governing ERDF place demanding expectations on project deliverers in terms of maintaining compliance whilst meeting performance targets. Without effective quality management systems linked with sound technical knowledge, deliverers run the risk of non-compliance and clawback of grant.

This one day session is designed to provide an insight into the expectations placed on deliverers and provide practical examples of best practice for current and future project management.

The session will cover -

  • The core roles and responsibilities of programme implementation – functions and separation of duties
  • How to develop a resourced programme or project specific monitoring system linked to risk management
  • The key compliance areas expected by EU Commission relating to Community and National Regulations (EC Reg 1828/2006 Article 13 and Article 16)
  • Best practice in using on-site verification visits (PEV and PAV) to reduce risk in programme and project delivery.

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please email Kaye Davies

The workshops, are suitable for Black Country ERDF project staff, funding, finance and procurement officers and accountable bodies and guarantors.

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

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Open Days -European Week of Regions and Cities

06 October 2014 15:00 09 October 2014 18:30

This year's event will be held under the slogan 'Growing together – Smart investment for people' with workshops addressing the following themes:

  1. Connecting regional strategies: smart specialisation, digital agenda, SME support, low-carbon economy (supported by the European Regional Development Fund), training and social inclusion (supported by the European Social Fund); urban dimension.
  2. Building capacity: new features and instruments in programme management (financial engineering, performance framework evaluation, partnership arrangements).
  3. Territorial cooperation: the new generation of pan-European programmes (INTERREG, URBACT, ESPON, INTERACT); international cooperation.

The detailed programme will be published in July 2014.

Watch the video - Open Days in a nutshell.

For more information, go to the Open Days website.

Open Days

Black Country TA: Managing State Aid Workshop

30 September 2014 13:30 16:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

The State Aid session will cover:

  • The background to the State Aid Regulations and the limitations they place on the investment of public funding
  • How to establish whether State Aid is present when planning an investment
  • What measures are available to manage investment – Block Exemptions, Regional Aid, de Minimis
  • Calculating, recording and reporting State Aid in delivery.

To register, please email Kaye Davies

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

Black Country TA: ERDF Public Procurement in Practice workshop

30 September 2014 09:30 13:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops
to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

The Public Procurement session will cover:

  • The legalities of EU Public Procurement and Public Procurement procedures
  • How to manage Public Procurement in project delivery
  • Procuring and contracting for goods and services – options and practices.

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please email Kaye Davies  and include details of any special requirements.

The workshops, are suitable for Black Country ERDF project staff, funding, finance and procurement officers and accountable bodies and guarantors.

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

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EESC: Community-led Local Development public hearing

29 September 2014 10:00 15:30

CLLD is a specific tool for use at sub-regional level which complements other development support at local level. CLLD can mobilise and involve local communities and organisations to help achieve the Europe 2020 Strategy goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, foster territorial cohesion and reach specific policy objectives.

This hearing will bring together a range of actors in the field who will share their experiences and positions regarding this new tool, providing expert viewpoints on this topic. Voluntary sector ogranisations, local administrations, mayors, SMEs, NGOs, social partners, farmers, fishermen, researchers are all welcome to participate and share your experiences and ideas.

View the programme

Register before 21 September 2014

EESC

The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a public hearing on Community-led Local Development (CLLD) in view of its opinion on "Community Led Local Development (CLLD) as a tool of Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 for local rural, urban and peri-urban development".

Adequate minimum income in the UK - current situation and roadmap for progress

29 September 2014 00:30 05:00

Over the last six months EAPN in the UK have consulted with a wide range of individuals and organisations to consider the possibilities for achieving adequate incomes in the UK. This half day seminar will present the findings of this work, placing it within the context of developments across Europe.

Speakers at the seminar include Donald Hirsch (Director, Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University), Robin Hanan (Director, EAPN Ireland),Dr. Katherine Duffy (European Anti-Poverty Network England),Moussa Haddad (Senior Policy & Research Officer, Child Poverty Action Group).

The seminar is being organised as part of The European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) initiative.

This a two year project (2013-2014) funded by the European Commission, that has the aim of building consensus to take the necessary steps towards the progressive realisation of adequate and accessible minimum income schemes in EU Member States, in line with the European Commission’s Active Inclusion Recommendation of 2008, the Europe 2020 strategy and in the context of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

Register for the event

EAPN

Black Country TA: ERDF Project Closure and Exit Strategies

24 September 2014 09:30 17:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

ERDF Project Closure and Exit Strategies

Closing and archiving a project is a separate workstream in its own right with the technicalities of document retention in order to avoid clawback and repayments in the future. Of equal importance is the achievement of the project's exit strategy and sustainability factors. All need addressing through project planning and delivery. This one day session provides the information and guidance to ensure the processes are correctly embedded.

The session aims –

  • To encourage projects to develop managed exit strategies and investment sustainability
  • To plan for project closure as a component of project management
  • To review the process of document retention and archiving to meet ERDF requirements
  • To consider the maintenance aspects of project closure – follow up actions, people, assets, lessons learnt.

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please email Kaye Davies

The workshops, are suitable for Black Country ERDF project staff, funding, finance and procurement officers and accountable bodies and guarantors.

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

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TAEN/LSE Seminar on Fuller Working Lives

23 September 2014 14:00 17:00

There will be an introduction by John Macnicol - LSE to the Fuller Working Lives policy within a historical overview of Government retirement policies in the UK.

Chris Ball - TAEN will provide an overview, commentary and initial summary of Fuller Working Lives.

Lis Robinson  - DWP  will present the Fuller Working Lives Policy and respond to discussion and questions.

There will also be a contribution from Ros Altmann, the Government’s Older Workers Business Champion.

If you wish to present a research paper then  please email your proposal to chris.ball@taen.org.uk by 16 September.

If you wish to attend the seminar please email joy.white@taen.org.uk stating your, your institution / organisation and your position or interest in older workers, employment issues or whatever related subject area you specialise in.

TAEN

EU Civil Society Citizens' Summit 2014

23 September 2014 11:00 24 September 2014 15:00

The Civil Society Contact Group is organizing a European Citizens’ Summit to act a shadow discursive space to the European Summit in September 2014.

The Citizens’ Summit will look at the direction of the European Union over the next five years, its impact on people living within and beyond its borders as well as its impact on global developments, human rights and democracy.

The Summit will bring together leading civil society thinkers and citizens from across the EU, to exchange views on how to shape a Europe that moves from a logic of markets and profit to a system that put people and the planet back into the centre of politics.

The working method and participants to the Summit, ensuring gender parity and diversity, including in relation to age, will aim to break out of the “Brussels bubble” in the discussions on the future of the EU, to foster a dialogue by citizens for citizens and to create a common sense of ownership for the future.

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Mentoring Excluded Groups and Networks (MEGAN) Conference

18 September 2014 14:30 19 September 2014 15:00

This project funded by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion has sought to pilot, test and evaluate the use of mentoring as a means of facilitating the social inclusion and employment of vulnerable groups.

Working in the UK, Hungary and Portugal the project has engaged with a number of marginalised communities including Roma, migrants, youth, women, long-term unemployed and offenders to identify and assess the impact and transferability of mentoring.

This event will mark the end of the project and will include presentations from the mentoring pilots and results of the project evaluation.

Email to register

One East Midlands: Introduction to EU Structural and Investment Funds programme 2014-2020

16 September 2014 10:00 14:00

This workshop is suitable for trustees, management committee members, CEOs, managers, funding advisers and development managers who have very limited or no knowledge of EU Structural and Investment Funding.

The workshop provides a basic level of understanding for small VCS organisations that haven’t accessed this funding before and would be interested in potentially applying for funding when the programme opens or influencing how investments are made locally.

The LEPs have a new strategic role in the delivery of the next round of EU funds, including European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and ESF, from 2014 to 2020. LEPs will be responsible for ensuring local growth outcomes are delivered by working with a range of local partners, including the VCS.

In maximising the VCS role in enabling economic inclusion, it has become even more important for the VCS to demonstrate their social and economic contribution and the key role they can play under the EU structural funds programme.

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Black Country TA: Monitoring and Auditing of ERDF Projects Workshop

16 September 2014 09:30 16:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

Monitoring and Auditing of ERDF Projects

The European Regulations governing ERDF place demanding expectations on project deliverers in terms of maintaining compliance whilst meeting performance targets. Without effective quality management systems linked with sound technical knowledge, deliverers run the risk of non-compliance and clawback of grant.

This one day session is designed to provide an insight into the expectations placed on deliverers and provide practical examples of best practice for current and future project management.

The session will cover -

  • The core roles and responsibilities of programme implementation – functions and separation of duties
  • How to develop a resourced programme or project specific monitoring system linked to risk management
  • The key compliance areas expected by EU Commission relating to Community and National Regulations (EC Reg 1828/2006 Article 13 and Article 16)
  • Best practice in using on-site verification visits (PEV and PAV) to reduce risk in programme and project delivery.

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please email Kaye Davies

The workshops, are suitable for Black Country ERDF project staff, funding, finance and procurement officers and accountable bodies and guarantors.

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

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Bridging the culture clash between Employers, Young people and local cultures

11 September 2014 01:00 05:30

The conference will stars with an informal lunch and networking, and will hear from examples of relevant work in the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Iceland . Presentations will include those from:

- Illias El Hadioui of Erasmus University is a published author from the Netherlands who has written and spoken extensively on the relationship – and the mismatch - between the ‘street culture’ of young people and the norms of school and college culture. He will present a theoretical framework that he has developed  to describe this manifestation and highlight the experience of urban youth in large multi-ethnic urban conurbations in the Netherlands.

- Steve Rawlings of Building Lives Training Academies in East London has developed a number of successful apprenticeships in the construction industry, which have been featured in the Evening Standard. He will present a number of case studies and talk about working to bring young people and employers together.

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Lifelong Learning

Creative Europe's free application writing workshops - Manchester

09 September 2014 10:30 13:30

These workshops could also be useful if you are partnering into an application led by another organisation. We will go through the application form, explain the required annexes, attachments and the budget form, and give you advice on how to work with your partner organisations to build a stronger application.

The session will cover the techical aspects of the application process including

  • The application form
  • Required annexes and attachments
  • The budget
  • How to work with your partner organisations and build a better and stronger application.

Organisations may want two staff to attend if the expertise for the application narrative and the budget are split between two people.
The workshop doesn't address only technical aspects of the project, but provides guidance on how the project rationale can be better aimed at the new Creative Europe selection criteria.

We hope to be joined by some previous recipients of EU funding through the Culture programme who will be on hand to help with advice - more news on this soon.

This event is free and open to organisations in the creative and cultural sectors.

However due to limited spaces we ask that project information is submitted in advance to ensure the opportunity is available to those organisations who are most prepared and able to gain the greatest advantage from attending.

Once you have booked your place, please email creative.europe@britishcouncil.org with the following information within 5 working days and not later than Monday 1 September.

  • project outline
  • list of confirmed partners
  • draft project summary

If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can reallocate your ticket.

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Sixth Cohesion Forum Investment for jobs and growth: Promoting development and good governance in EU regions and cities

08 September 2014 09:00 09 September 2014 14:00

The main goal is to discuss how the next generation of Cohesion Policy programmes which will be launched in 2014 can contribute to the recovery of the European economy.

With a budget of more than EUR 350 billion, Cohesion Policy can play a key role in supporting growth-enhancing and job-creating investments in 2014-20.To maximise the impact of these investments, Cohesion Policy has undergone a far-reaching reform. The reform aims at concentrating resources on key growth sectors in line with the Europe 2020 strategy and firmly linking the policy to the European semester and the economic governance procedures of the Union. It also aims at increasing its effectiveness through greater result orientation and by putting in place appropriate framework conditions for investment.

The Cohesion Forum is a unique opportunity to discuss with all stakeholders how EU policies can improve the living conditions and opportunities for all European citizens in the years to come.

There will be keynote speeches from, amongst others, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, President of the European Parliament, and President of the European Council.

There will also be thematic workshops on improving performance, governance and partnerships.

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Creative Europe's Culture opportunities: Information seminar - Canterbury

08 September 2014 02:00 16:30

Creative Europe will present the four funding opportunities, eligibility conditions, discuss how to develop applications and how to build a good project.

Many elements of the previous programme have been carried over for Creative Europe:

Cooperation Projects are still the core to the programme, accounting for 70% of the sub-programme funding allocation with annual deadlines for both 'small' and 'large' projects.

European Platforms will encourage innovative approaches to audience development

European Networks will support sustained learning and exchange between EU networks with varying specialisms

Literary Translation by established publishers will continue to be supported.

With Creative Europe, the focus has shifted from 'intercultural dialogue' to new objectives of:

  • Capacity building
  • Audience development
  • Projects that strengthen the cultural and creative sectors through new ways of working.

The session will focus on 'Cooperation Projects', preparing organisations who are considering applying for the 1 October 'Cooperation Project' deadlines.

If you would like to book a one-to-one to follow the seminar please follow the instructions in the confirmation email.

There will also shortly be application workshops across the UK to assist in the next stages of your application.

This event is free and open to organisations in the creative and cultural sectors. If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can reallocate your ticket.

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Black Country TA ERDF Financial Management Workshop

04 September 2014 09:30 16:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

Managing ERDF Finance

This one day session is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of ERDF finances and the eligibility factors affecting delivery. The content concentrates on the practical, financial aspects of project delivery and covers issues of apportionment, overheads, match funding and private sector leverage/revenue. The workshop will also provide an insight into the inspection and audit requirements embodied in the EU Commission’s 2007 – 13 Regulations and how projects can best avoid errors and irregularities through risk management.

The session will -

  • Review regulatory conditions relating to ERDF expenditure and DCLG requirements
  • Discuss the management of project budgets – profiles, match funding, apportionment methodologies
  • Understand the expectations the Regulations place on project deliverers in terms of accountability and audit trails
  • Discuss the risks associated with management of ERDF projects.

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please email Kaye Davies

The workshops, are suitable for Black Country ERDF project staff, funding, finance and procurement officers and accountable bodies and guarantors.

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

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EU policy agenda for Social Enterprise: what next?

03 September 2014 09:00 13:00

The EESC, actively involved in this field, has drafted a substantial number of opinions that have contributed to and supported the European Commission elaboration of the Social Business Initiative (SBI) in 2011.

In the framework of its Social Enterprise project (aimed at handing over policy recommendations to the next Commission and the next Parliament), the EESC is organising a Public Hearing to gather stakeholders from the European institutions and  the civil society to discuss this issue.

See the full programme of the event

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Black Country TA: Managing State Aid Workshop

28 August 2014 13:30 16:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

The State Aid session will cover:

  • The background to the State Aid Regulations and the limitations they place on the investment of public funding
  • How to establish whether State Aid is present when planning an investment
  • What measures are available to manage investment – Block Exemptions, Regional Aid, de Minimis
  • Calculating, recording and reporting State Aid in delivery.

The workshops, are suitable for Black Country ERDF project staff, funding, finance and procurement officers and accountable bodies and guarantors

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please email Kaye Davies

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

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Black Country TA: ERDF Public Procurement in Practice workshop

28 August 2014 09:30 13:00

The Black Country ERDF Technical Assistance Team’s supports the development of ERDF activity across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

They have organised a number of FREE ERDF capacity building workshops to support existing and newly funded Black Country ERDF Projects to grow their understanding of complex ERDF regulations and to manage their projects in a robust and efficient manner.

The Public Procurement session will cover:

  • The legalities of EU Public Procurement and Public Procurement procedures
  • How to manage Public Procurement in project delivery
  • Procuring and contracting for goods and services – options and practices.

To book your place on one or more of the capacity building workshops please email Kaye Davies and include details of any special requirements.

You will receive a pre-workshop questionnaire which you will need to complete and return immediately in order to confirm your booking.

The workshops, are suitable for Black Country ERDF project staff, funding, finance and procurement officers and accountable bodies and guarantors.

Please note that although these workshops are free of charge, failure to attend on the day of the session may result in a small charge.

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Network for Europe: North West EU funding 2014-20 information event

01 August 2014 10:30 14:30

Network for Europe is holding an information event on the new ESF and ERDF programmes for VCSE organisations. The event includes contributions by representatives from Network for Europe, Liverpool LEP, DWP and the EU Committee of the Regions.

The event will brings attendees up to date with the latest developments in the ESF and ERDF programmes in England.

The event will be of interest to VCSE groups from across the NW but the LEP focus will be on the Liverpool City Region.

The event is free and is open to any VCSE organisation in the North West.

This event is part funded by The European Regional Development Fund, The European Social Fund and Liverpool LEP.

Network for Europe

One East Midlands: Introduction to EU Structural and Investment Funds programme 2014-20

22 July 2014 10:00 12:30

The LEPs have a new strategic role in the delivery of the next round of EU funds, including European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and ESF, from 2014 to 2020. LEPs will be responsible for ensuring local growth outcomes are delivered by working with a range of local partners, including the VCS.

In maximising the VCS role in enabling economic inclusion, it has become even more important for the VCS to demonstrate their social and economic contribution and the key role they can play under the EU structural funds programme.

The workshop provides that basic level of understanding for small VCS organisations that haven’t accessed this funding before and would be interested in potentially applying for funding when the programme opens or influencing how investments are made locally.

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for trustees, management committee members, CEOs, managers, funding advisers and development managers who have very limited or no knowledge of EU Structural and Investment Funding.

By attending this workshop delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of ESIF, focusing on ERDF;
  • Understand the future role of LEPs in ESIF;
  • Understand what the 2014-20 ESIF 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.

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Community Action Suffolk: What can Europe offer the Voluntary sector in Suffolk

17 July 2014 09:00 12:00

This is an opportunity to hear from some of the key people involved in planning how Suffolk and Norfolk can benefit from future European funding, and to find out how the Voluntary Sector can get involved.

To book a place, please contact:

Hannah Bradley, Interim VCS Economy Support
hannah.bradley@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk

Community Action Suffolk

One East Midlands: Introduction to EU Structural and Investment Funds programme 2014-20

16 July 2014 10:00 12:30

The LEPs have a new strategic role in the delivery of the next round of EU funds, including European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and ESF, from 2014 to 2020. LEPs will be responsible for ensuring local growth outcomes are delivered by working with a range of local partners, including the VCS.

In maximising the VCS role in enabling economic inclusion, it has become even more important for the VCS to demonstrate their social and economic contribution and the key role they can play under the EU structural funds programme.

The workshop provides that basic level of understanding for small VCS organisations that haven’t accessed this funding before and would be interested in potentially applying for funding when the programme opens or influencing how investments are made locally.

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for trustees, management committee members, CEOs, managers, funding advisers and development managers who have very limited or no knowledge of EU Structural and Investment Funding.

By attending this workshop delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of ESIF, focusing on ERDF;
  • Understand the future role of LEPs in ESIF;
  • Understand what the 2014-20 ESIF 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.

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East of England LGA: EU Funding for Projects Relating to the Environment, Climate Change and Low Carbon Growth

14 July 2014 09:30 16:00

National Contact Points for these key programmes will explain the opportunities of these funds to local stakeholders interested in bringing projects forward under these themes focussing their presentations on upcoming calls. This theme has been selected as the next focus given significant interest from organisations in the East in relation to these key policy areas.  The seminar is an opportunity to build an increased understanding as to how local initiatives can be supported and built on using various sources of EU funding and to highlight good practice to participants. There will furthermore be the possibility to meet with National Contact Points of these key programmes on a one to one basis in the afternoon to discuss project pipeline ideas in more detail.

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Voluntary Norfolk: What can Europe offer to the voluntary sector?

11 July 2014 10:00 12:00

The programmes’ focus will be on jobs, pathways to employment, training, and economic growth.

This will be an early opportunity to hear from some of the key people planning how Norfolk and Suffolk can benefit from European Union funding, and to find out how the voluntary sector can get involved.

This event, which is being organised by Voluntary Norfolk in conjunction with Norfolk Rural Community Council and Community Action Suffolk, is suitable for senior managers within voluntary and community groups.

The event is free for voluntary/community organisations. For public bodies and other organisations and individuals the cost will be £50.

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One East Midlands: European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-20: Introduction to the local economy & How to apply for ERDF funding

08 July 2014 09:30 16:00

Background

From January 2014 the new seven year cycle of European Funding programmes began. Each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has received a notional allocation and each has produced a strategy document which will guide the way the investment is spent. Within Bassetlaw we fall within the area for the D2N2 and the Sheffield City Region (SCR) LEPs and their notional allocations are €249.7million and €203.4million respectively.

The European programme has 10 thematic objectives, and the LEPs will be looking for projects to deliver those objectives. All the activity will contribute to the greater economic prosperity of the area, and this ranges through from Innovation and SME competitiveness, to Social Inclusion, Skills and Employment.

The programme offers a real opportunity for VCS organisations to create economic inclusion in local communities. Through accessing the funding the VCS can have a proactive role in ensuring economic development, growth and sustainability can take place in local communities.

Within Bassetlaw we want to ensure that the VCS has the skills and knowledge to access the funding. Due to the amounts available, and the desire of the LEPs to support large scale, cross boundary projects there will be a need to work collaboratively to access the funding.

Content

  • Introduction to understanding your local economy – This part of the event will focus on helping you to identify, develop and evidence the demand for a project that meets the economic needs of your community.
  • Understanding your local economy and measuring your economic contribution – This part will provide a step-by-step introduction to defining how you measure the social and economic impact of your organisation.
  • How to apply for ERDF funding – This part will look at the practical process of applying for ERDF funding and will provide an overview of the principles to consider in making an ERDF application.

Please note that although this event will briefly cover how to improve project proposals for applications to the 2014-20 programme, full details of how to apply have not yet been announced. Once the details of how to apply are available One East Midlands Reach & Impact will run a specific workshop on how to apply for ERDF funding. To be kept up to date on this and other related events sign up for the Reach & Impact e-bulletin here.

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The BIG EVENT 2014: The voluntary sector contribution and role in developing the local economy

08 July 2014 09:00 15:15
Talk to the Directors at ESCC, other VCS CEOs, Big Lottery and vote on sector’s priorities.

Full programme

Host & ChairJeremy Legget, CEO of Action in rural Sussex

Welcome from Cllr Chris Dowling, Lead Member for Community Services and Phillip Baker, Assitant Chief Executive at ESCC

Key note speakers

  • Richard Dawson - Head of Economic Development, Skills & Infrastructure – Communities, Transport and Economy Department , ESCC
  • Russell Darbon, Big Lottery Fund Manager

Panel Debate

Speakers will be joined by Anona Vazquez-MassonEconomy Support Manager at ESCC – discussing SE LEP and Innovation opportunities for the sector and Kim DonahueResearch Manager at the Institute for Volunteering Research and NCVO - talking about the involvement of volunteer programs in social and economic inclusion, developing skills and supporting people into employment

Master Classes

Volunteer Issues and the Law - with Valli Morison, Employment and Volunteer Law Specialist, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP
Are your volunteers genuine volunteers, or could they be seen as workers or employees? Are you aware of the law – or lack of it – surrounding volunteers? This masterclass will deal with these issues and help you understand your organisation’s responsibilities and liabilities.

Valuing volunteers – the truth!  - with Lee Shepherd, Volunteering Development Officer, Volunteer Centre East Sussex
We all know volunteers do not come for free. Don’t we?! This workshop will explore the true cost behind involving volunteers and shed light on ways in which organisations can estimate the ‘added value’ that involving volunteers brings.

Funding ready - with Veronique Poutrel, External Funding Manager at East Sussex County Council
What to do to prepare your organisations and projects to be able to bid for upcoming large funding streams like ESF, LEP, EU funding, central government programmes and subcontracting.

Developing paid for services to generate independent income - with an East Sussex organisation and Sue Shoesmith, Senior Development Officer at 3VA
Ideas and tips for setting up paid for services or other trading activities. Advice from an established organisation who has done it with success and the support from senior funding advisor at 3VA.

Advice Fair

Our popular Fair is even bigger this year with over 40 stalls providing information about services and projects for voluntary sector organisations and your service users.

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West Sussex County Council-LEADER workshops

08 July 2014 00:00 04:00

This is an opportunity for you to find out how a new LEADER programme could help you and for you to help shape our bid to Defra. We do hope that you are able to attend. We are particularly keen to engage with farming, forestry and small rural businesses as well as rural communities.

To book your place, please email rdpeleader@westsussex.gov.uk indicating which workshop you wish to attend.

For further information about LEADER contact

This is an opportunity for you to find out how a new LEADER programme could help you and for you to help shape our bid to Defra. We do hope that you are able to attend. We are particularly keen to engage with farming, forestry and small rural businesses as well as rural communities.

To book your place, please email rdpeleader@westsussex.gov.uk indicating which workshop you wish to attend.

For further information about LEADER contact Richard Chalk at richard.chalk@westsussex.gov.uk

West Sussex County Council-LEADER workshops

04 July 2014 00:00 04:00

This is an opportunity for you to find out how a new LEADER programme could help you and for you to help shape our bid to Defra. We do hope that you are able to attend. We are particularly keen to engage with farming, forestry and small rural businesses as well as rural communities.

To book your place, please email rdpeleader@westsussex.gov.uk indicating which workshop you wish to attend.

For further information about LEADER contact Richard Chalk at richard.chalk@westsussex.gov.uk.

One East Midlands: Introduction to EU Structural and Investment Funds programme 2014-20

02 July 2014 10:00 12:30

The LEPs have a new strategic role in the delivery of the next round of EU funds, including European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) and ESF, from 2014 to 2020. LEPs will be responsible for ensuring local growth outcomes are delivered by working with a range of local partners, including the VCS.

In maximising the VCS role in enabling economic inclusion, it has become even more important for the VCS to demonstrate their social and economic contribution and the key role they can play under the EU structural funds programme.

The workshop provides that basic level of understanding for small VCS organisations that haven’t accessed this funding before and would be interested in potentially applying for funding when the programme opens or influencing how investments are made locally.

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TAEN event: A Debate on Older Women in the Labour Market

30 June 2014 16:30 18:30

The disadvantages faced by older people in the labour market have been explored in detail by The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) over the past decades. In this debate TAEN seeks to bring into the open some of the issues faced by older women in particular.

  • Do current labour market policies acknowledge the special challenges faced by older women?
  • What kind of changes should older women be seeking?
  • How far are their unique issues relating to health, careers, family and social roles recognised and addressed?
  • How will older women adjust to the changes in state pension age and expectations of working longer which Governments of all parties broadly share?

Confirmed Speaker: Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Spokesperson on Women, Families and Equality Issues

Invited Speakers include: Scarlet Harris, Women’s Equality Officer, TUC

To reserve your place at what is expected to be a popular event, email Joy White  joy.white@taen.org.uk

This event is supported by the European Social Fund and Europe for Citizens.

 

One East Midlands: European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-20: EU Funding, collaboration & how to apply for ERDF funding

24 June 2014 09:30 16:00

Background

From January 2014 the new seven year cycle of European Funding programmes began. Each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has received a notional allocation and each has produced a strategy document which will guide the way the investment is spent. Within Bassetlaw we fall within the area for the D2N2 and the Sheffield City Region (SCR) LEPs and their notional allocations are €249.7million and €203.4million respectively.

The European programme has 10 thematic objectives, and the LEPs will be looking for projects to deliver those objectives. All the activity will contribute to the greater economic prosperity of the area, and this ranges through from Innovation and SME competitiveness, to Social Inclusion, Skills and Employment.

The programme offers a real opportunity for VCS organisations to create economic inclusion in local communities. Through accessing the funding the VCS can have a proactive role in ensuring economic development, growth and sustainability can take place in local communities.

Within Bassetlaw we want to ensure that the VCS has the skills and knowledge to access the funding. Due to the amounts available, and the desire of the LEPs to support large scale, cross boundary projects there will be a need to work collaboratively to access the funding.

Content

  • Introduction to EU funding – This part of the event will provide a basic introduction and clear overview of the role of LEPs and the structure of the next EU Structural and Investment Funds programme.
  • Collaboration – This part will investigate the steps involved in developing models of consortia that could be funded by the EU Structural and Investment Funds programme and highlights potential collaboration opportunities based on local LEP priorities.
  • How to apply for ERDF funding – This part will look at the practical process of applying for ERDF funding and will provide an overview of the principles to consider in making an ERDF application.

Please note that although this event will briefly cover how to improve project proposals for applications to the 2014-20 programme, full details of how to apply have not yet been announced. Once the details of how to apply are available One East Midlands Reach & Impact will run a specific workshop on how to apply for ERDF funding. To be kept up to date on this and other related events sign up for the Reach & Impact e-bulletin here.

Other events

An additional free event on the European Structural and Investments Funds 2014-20, covering an introduction to and understanding of the local economy and how to apply for ERDF funding will take place on Tuesday 8 July from 9.30am to 4pm at Bassetlaw CVS.

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NOMS events on ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020

18 June 2014 09:00 18:00

please note various dates

 

NOMS is currently seeking prime providers for the ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020. The event will include:

  • Presentations by NOMS CFO to give an overview of the next programme and the procurement process;
  • Opportunity for potential prime and subcontractors to network and explore prospective partnerships;
  • Informal one-to-one surgeries hosted by NOMS CFO policy and procurement representatives to provide additional detail and answer
  • questions about the programme

Details of the events

4 June 2014 – Birmingham (covering the West Midlands, East Midlands and South West ESF contract areas)

11 June 2014 – London (covering the South East and East of England ESF contract areas)

18 June – Manchester (covering the North West, North East and Yorkshire ESF contract areas)

To secure a place at one of the events, please email:

cfo-3@noms.gsi.gov.uk

NOMS

The future of youth programmes through the European Social Fund

12 June 2014 09:00 13:30

The LEP will have overall responsibility for the European Social Investment Funds (ESIF) from 2014 and this event forms part of the process of developing provision for young people; the Youth Employment Initiative.

Aimed at ESF youth programme providers and Local Authorities, the purpose is twofold: first, building on some initial work which was carried out last year, to provide further evaluation of the current programme - what has worked and what has not; and second to provide valuable information for the future LEP ESIF youth programme by helping to identify what will make the programme most effective.

Through plenary sessions and group work, the event provides an opportunity for you to share your experience and contribute to future thinking.

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One East Midlands: Understanding EU funding, LEPs and looking at the potential to collaborate

11 June 2014 10:30 15:30

There will also be the opportunity to discuss options and opportunities to develop collaborative projects that could be funded by the next EU Structural & Investment Funds programme.

Morning session: Introduction to EU funding and LEPs

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

This workshop provides that basic level of understanding for small VCS organisations that haven’t accessed this funding before and would be interested in potentially applying for funding when the programme opens.

This workshop will enable 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.

Afternoon session: Introduction to collaborative to access EU funding

The afternoon session will look 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, where the areas of potential collaboration might be. There will be the opportunity to discuss/pitch potential project ideas, network and start to build links with potential partners.

This workshop will enable 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.

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London Enterprise Panel engagement events

06 June 2014 10:00 11 July 2014 12:00

What is the London Enterprise Panel?

The London Enterprise Panel is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for London
LEPs are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses, established across England. They play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertake activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs. London Enterprise Panel is chaired by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and it is made of business and borough representatives who advise the Mayor on growth and job creation.

Who are the LEP members?

For a list of the London LEP members please go to www.london.gov.uk/londonenterprisepanel

Why should I attend these events?

These events is aimed at  stakeholders in London who want to find out how the LEP’s policies and funding are influencing and changing your area.

This is also your opportunity to make your voice heard on what should the LEP be doing.

You will hear about future funding opportunities and how to engage with the LEP and other stakeholders working to create jobs and growth in the capital.


The events will:

  • Provide an overview of the London Enterprise Panel and their work so far;
  • Outline funding streams available to the LEP and how they plan to work with partners to allocate this funding;
  • Identify how the Panel will work to support economic and employment growth in London; and
  • Provide an opportunity for questions and answers.

Event dates

  • The Central London event will be on Friday the 6th of June from 10.00 to 12.00 noon at the Clerkenwell Workshops 27/31 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0AT..
  • The East London event will be on Thursday the 12th of June from 10.00 to 12.00 noon at the Gallery at the Woolwich Centre SE18 6HQ.
  • The North London event will take place on Tuesday the 17th of June from 14.00 to 16.00 at the Chocolate Factory N22 6XJ.
  • The West London event will take place on Thursday the 19th of June from 10.00 to 12.00 noon at Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, W10 5JJ.
  • The South London event will take place on Friday the 11th of July from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at The Odeon Wimbledon, 39 The Broadway, SW19 1QB.

Please send your RSVP to Gillian Robinson along with any questions or issues that you would like to be raised at the meetings.  Please note that attendance at events is limited so please let Gillian know which event you would like to attend

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One East Midlands briefing: Introduction to State Aid

04 June 2014 08:30 09:30

This free event will cover:

  • An overview of what state aid rules are and what delegates need to be aware of in order to comply with the rules state aid if applying for European Regional Development Funding (ERDF);
  • Some of the pitfalls if you don’t consider the issue of state aid; and
  • Any updates on any State aid changes in legislation.

Please note we do not intend for this briefing to provide advice to delegates about their own state aid issues as they would need to seek their own legal advice. This briefing provides an overview as to what state aid is and to provide information on how to comply with state aid rules.

Places at this event are limited and booking is required.

Disclaimer: Please note that One East Midlands will not provide any specific legal advice for your organisation or project. Obtaining correct legal advice will remain the responsibility of your organisation.

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European and Big Lottery funding in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area, have your say

27 May 2014 02:00 05:15

South East LEP will explore how this funding might be used in the future and ask participants to actively engage in the facilitated panel discussions on Active Inclusion.

There will be key presentations from colleagues from the Big Lottery Fund and NCVO.

The event will  discuss the characteristics and specific requirements of Big Lottery match funding with respect to the opt in offer and discuss Reaching Communities as an example of how this can work in practice.

Attendance is by invitation only. However, for more information, please contact

Lorraine.George@essex.gov.uk.

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Presentations from the event

Lorraine George, South East LEP: Accessing EU funding

Sandra Turner, National Council for Voluntary Organisations: ESIF 2014-2020 Programme - Focus on Social Inclusion

Russell Darbon, Big Lottery Fund: Big Lottery Fund ESIF Offer

Enable information event on ESF Community grants

21 May 2014 09:00 17:00

Limited information is available on the Enable website.

Please contact the ESF coordinator for Derbyshire for more information

EnableNottinghamshire & Derbyshire Development Worker (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire applicants only – pre-application support and advice)

Contact Name

Andrew Price

Telephone

0115 9349519 or 07964 368674

E-mail

andrew@enable.uk.net

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EU Commission conference on social policy innovation

19 May 2014 11:00 20 May 2014 14:00

he conference will report on the experiences of the recent past and examine more in depth how EU countries will be best supported for social policy innovation and social policy experimentation through the newProgramme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

The event will also analyse how EU countries are starting to put in practice the priority given to social policy innovation in the new programming period of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds, in particular the European Social Fund.

Commissioner László Andor will open the conference, which is structured around four thematic sessions:

  • Social policy reforms: the role of social policy innovation, social investments and knowledge-sharing
  • Social policy innovation: using the potential of ESI Funds
  • Partnerships for innovation in social policies
  • Evidence-based research relevant for policy making

For more information, go to the European Commission website.

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Humber TA: Public Procurement in the EU

19 May 2014 08:45 16:45

Topics covered:

  • Public procurement: principles and legal instruments, the public sector directive, the utilities directive and the concessions directive
  • Contracting authorities and the concepts of in-house arrangements and public-private partnerships
  • Selection and qualification criteria, including technical capacity, economic standing and exclusion criteria
  • Award procedures, such as open, restricted and negotiated procedure, the competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships
  • Framework procurement, including formation of frameworks and call-offs
  • Electronic procurement
  • Award criteria, including life cycle costing and most economically advantageous offer
  • Green procurement
  • Strategic procurement and the promotion of SMEs
  • Remedies in public procurement, including interim measures, set aside, damages, ineffectiveness of contracts

Register now

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VCS Assist: Getting ready for ESF Comissioning

16 May 2014 09:30 13:00

Presentations

See presentations from the Greater London Authority and London Councils on the VCS Assist website.

About the event

The event will also cover the lessons coming from the VCS Assist technical assistance programme in particular the kinds of needs and support the team feel are needed to equip organisations with the tools and information to take full advantage of forthcoming ESF commissioning rounds.

The agenda will include:

  • An update from Greater London Authority European team on development of the ESF 2014-2020 programme
  • Feedback from the VCS Assist team - lessons for the sector
  • Perspective of match-funding organisations (including Big Lottery Fund) on the role of VCS providers
  • Case studies and lessons on how the VCS can improve its work with employers; manage PBR contracts; prove its impact, and work better with lead contractors
  • How can we take practical steps towards improving local networks and partnerships in advance of the new funding rounds?

There will be plenty of opportunity for constructive discussions and networking - and a free lunch!

Register on the VCS Assist website

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Humber TA: State Aid Control in the EU

16 May 2014 08:45 16:45

Topics covered:

  • Concept of state aid and its application in practice
  • Structure of state aid control
  • De minimis aid, GBER, SGEI and exemptions
  • Notification of state aid cases to the European Commission
  • Recovery of incompatible aid
  • Guidelines on risk finance - January 2014
  • Guidelines on state aid to airports and airlines - 20 February 2014
  • The de minimis regulation - December 2013
  • Guidelines on regional aid - June 2013
  • Guidelines on broadband networks - December 2012

Register here

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EU Elections hustings - London MEP Candidates

09 May 2014 14:00 16:00

NCVO is pleased to invite you to join a discussion with MEP candidates ahead of the European Parliament elections on 22nd May 2014.

This event will be an opportunity for you to engage in a debate with MEP candidates for London; to hear key views, recommendations and offers; and to discuss the changing impact of the EU on the voluntary sector.

NCVO has recently launched a Manifesto to set out our key recommendations and we believe that civil society has a pivotal role to play in addressing many of the challenges.

We want to see renewal of EU spending to effectively focus resources on inclusive growth; simplified EU regulation to ensure that EU rules benefit rather than hinder voluntary organisations; and reform of the EU’s institutions to improve dialogue and accountability.

Among the representatives of the panel are:

  • Gerard Batten, UKIP MEP for London (invited)
  • Seb Dance, Labour MEP Candidate for London
  • Jonathan Fryer, Liberal Democrat MEP Candidate for London
  • Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London
  • Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP for London

Register now

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ERDF Masterclasses at University of Hull

01 May 2014 21:00 06 June 2014 17:00

Note: various dates

Humber Technical Assistance has organised, in conjunction with our partner the University of Hull, a series of ERDF masterclasses led by Professor Christopher Bovis.

Please note that these masterclasses are only available to projects and organisations from within the Yorkshire and Humber region.

For further information and details of how to book your place please follow the links below.

Thursday 1st May -The History & Evolution of EU Regional Development

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masterclass-the-history-and-evolution-of-eu-regional-development-tickets-10855794975

Friday 16th May - State Aid Control in the EU

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masterclass-state-aid-control-in-the-eu-tickets-10856312523

Monday 19th May - EU Public Procurement

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masterclass-eu-public-procurement-tickets-10856390757

Tuesday 20th May - Control & Audit of EU Funds

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masterclass-control-audit-of-eu-funds-tickets-10856460967#

Thursday 5th June - Financial Management of EU Funds

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masterclass-financial-management-of-eu-funds-tickets-10856511117#

Friday 6th June, The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masterclass-the-general-block-exemption-regulation-gber-tickets-10856543213

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Cesi event:Tackling long term unemployment -what works and why

01 May 2014 10:00 16:00

Among the speakers, there will be a representative from the Department for Work and Pension  to outline the government’s approach to supporting jobseekers who have completed the Work Programme without finding work.

Register for the event

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New Economy event: EU funding programme 2014-2020

01 May 2014 10:00 01 May 2015 00:00

To register for the event, please e-mail Gemma Marsh at New Economy.

RSVP: Via email: gemma.marsh@neweconomymanchester.com

The Skills Show Experience

30 April 2014 09:00 19:00

Are you 14-25 years? Thinking about your next steps into employment or your future career path?Are you a parent/carer or teacher? Do you know someone in need of career inspiration?

  • Unlock your talents with 70+ hands-on Have a Go activities
  • Take a Skills Health Check to pin-point your ideal career
  • Talk it over with our careers advisers, including the National Careers Service
  • Get advice from employer experts on how to succeed in their industry
  • Discover the right course for you with all your local colleges
  • From engineering to e-design, sports science to solar panels:  what’s on the up for Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) careers?
  • Watch skilled young professionals in competition
  • Let our entrepreneurs motivate you
  • Over 30 HEAR IT! career spotlight sessions
  • It’s all about you: find out how to stand out from the crowd
  • Drop in to the Jobs Fair
  • Get the inside track on Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Book your free ticket

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Humber Technical Assistance: ERDF Outputs Workshop

01 April 2014 10:30 16:00

The workshop will give delegates an

  • Update on current progress towards Programme targets
  • Output definitions –  revised guidance, common issues/errors, best practice
  • Implications of output/result under-performance
  • Project Evaluation

Further guidance as to the structure of the workshop will be available nearer the date.

To book, go the HTA eventbrite page

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The Learning Curve: information seminars on Community grants in the South West 2014-2015

28 March 2014 09:00 17:00

Please note there are various dates and locations.

Community Grants 2014-15 Seminar - Bristol Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

Community Grants 2014-15 Seminar - Taunton Thursday, 20 March, 2014

Community Grants 2014-15 Seminar - Plymouth Thursday, 20 March, 2014

Community Grants 2014-15 Seminar - BANES Friday, 21 March, 2014

Community Grants 2014-15 Seminar - Wiltshire Monday, 24 March, 2014

Community Grants 2014-15 Seminar - Weston-super-Mare Friday, 28 March, 2014

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CESI: Supporting complex families: putting work at the heart of local approaches

27 March 2014 09:00 16:00

This seminar brings together senior government advisors, recognised experts and leading local practitioners to explore the prospects of boosting the employability of families with multiple and complex needs.

Aimed at strategic leads, practitioners, organisations delivering services as well as those interested in the policy developments for this key group, this seminar will examine progress of both the Troubled Families programme and the European Social Fund Families with Multiple and Complex needs programmes at boosting employability.  It will showcase examples of strategic working; local best practice and explore innovative funding mechanisms for families’ programmes.

Get more information on the CESI website

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NCVO & Involve Yorkshire and Humber: What you need to know about Local Enterprise Partnerships, EU Programmes & opportunities for the VCS

27 March 2014 01:00 04:30

Presentations

Accessing EU Structural Funds, Ingrid Gardiner, NCVO

LEPs and EU Structural Funds, Rachel Quinn and June Gomes, One East Midlands

This project is a partnership between all the VCS regional networks & NCVO to provide support to the sector about engagement with LEPs, making a business case about civil society involvement with, embedding social inclusion and community led local development in new EU programmes.

12.45                       Registration and refreshments

1.00                          Welcome and introductions

1.05                          Aims and Purpose of the workshop

1.10                          The future role of LEPs in the next programme of EU Structural Funding

Rachel Quinn, CEO of One East Midlands & lead on Regional Voices VCS Engagement Project*

1.35                          The role of the VCS in the 2014-20 EU Structural Fund programme

Ingrid Gardiner, ESF Effectiveness Manager, National Council for Voluntary Organisations

1.45                          Supporting VCS involvement

Paul Schofield, Local Intelligence Manager – Yorkshire & Humber, Cabinet Office

2.00                          Q & A and lessons learnt

2.30                          Break

2.45                          Local Perspectives

  • Claire Watts Humber Technical Assistance project working on Structural & Investment Funds with Humber LEP & York, North Yorks & East Riding LEPs tbc
  • Garry Jones, Chief Executive, York CVS
  • Representative from Leeds City Region LEP and York, North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP

3.15                          VCS project development

Making the most of community led development, social inclusion & other opportunities

3.35        Practical next steps: discussion

  • Barriers to engaging effectively
  • What should communication and relationships between the VCS and LEPs look like and what are we seeking to achieve?

4.00                          Close

Register for the event

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Joint CSV/Macmillan event:Talking Europe Seminar on EU Citizenship: Social Inclusion & Rights:

24 March 2014 15:30 18:00

15:30‐16:00 Registration, Coffee & Tea

Short Vox Pop interviews with participants and speakers on ‘Europe: what does it

mean for you?’

16:00‐16:15 Welcome by:

  • • Oonagh Aitken, Director of Social Action & Volunteering, CSV
  • • Morven MacLean, Volunteering Development Manager, Glasgow Life
  • • Michael Roberts, Chairman, New Europeans

16:15‐17:30 ‘Should EU Citizenship Support Social Inclusion?’

Panel debate with Q&A on the benefits and challenges for citizens, migrants and

hard‐to‐reach groups to participate in civil, social and political life of their

communities

Panel Debate with Q&A:

  • • Catherine Stihler MEP, S&D Group in the European Parliament – invited
  • • Christina McKelvie MSP, Scottish National Party – invited
  • • Martin Syme, Chief Executive, SCVO – invited
  • • Is Szoneberg, Head of Social Action & Volunteering, CSV
  • • Michael Roberts, Treasurer, New Europeans
  • • Dr Rami Ousta, Chief Executive, BEMIS
  • • Maciej Dokurno, Chairman, Fife Migrants Forum

17:30‐17:40 Recommendations on EU Citizenship from the European Year of Citizens Alliance, Vladimir Sestovic, European Civic Forum

17:40‐17:50 Launch of the European Civic Forum Manifesto: ‘Equality, Solidarity, Democracy for Europe’, Claudia McKenny Engström, European Civic Forum

17:50‐18:00 Concluding Remarks and Group Photo with Participants

18:00‐19:00 Networking Reception

Short Vox Pop interviews with participants and speakers on ‘Europe: what does it

mean for you?’

Register here

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NCVO,CSV,New Europeans event: Talking Europe: EU Citizenship and Social Inclusion & EU for You Citizens’ dialogue with MEPs

07 March 2014 15:00 18 March 2014 19:00

The debate will be followed by a Citizens’ Dialogue with MEPs and Candidates for the upcoming European Parliament Elections in May 2014.

The Dialogue is delivered by NCVO, CSV and The Open University in partnership with the European Parliament as part of the What does Europe mean for You project.

15:00-15:15                         Registration, Coffee & Tea
Short Vox Pop interviews with participants and speakers on ‘Europe: what does it mean for you?’

15:15-15:30       Welcome by Roger Casale, Chair of New Europeans

15:30-16:45       Talking Europe: EU Citizenship in the context of social inclusion and social rights in Europe – Panel Debate with Q&A chaired by Tamara Flanagan, New Europeans.

  • Majella Killkey, Sheffield University
  • Representative from the Italian Association in Europe
  • Dr Sue Collard, University of Sussex (Invited)
  • Petros Fassoulas, European Movement (Invited)
  • Alicja Kaczmarek, Polish Expats Organisation
  • Tomasz Piotrowski, MIRA Project

16:45-17:15          ‘How to make EU citizenship inclusive?’ - Panel discussion with MEPs on the benefits and challenges to participate in the civil, social and political life of citizens. this session is chaired by Oliver Henman, NCVO.

  • Philip Bennion Liberal Democrat MEP
  • Neena Gill, Labour MEP Candidate
  • Aldo Mussi Green MEP Candidate
  • CSV Coventry Project on Promoting Inclusion in Ethnic Minority Communities

17:15-17:45           Citizens’ dialogue: question time

17:45-19:00            Networking Reception
Short Vox Pop interviews with participants and speakers on ‘Europe: what does it mean for you?’

Register here

VCS Assist event: How do we support low paid Londoners to progress in work?

28 February 2014 09:00 13:00

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This event is for third sector organisations and it is FREE.

It is very likely that progression outcomes (that is, helping low paid workers to earn more) will soon become a part of statutory employment programmes alongside traditional job outcomes. For example:

  • The London ESIF 2014-2020 Strategy calls for interventions focused on career progression and progression in learning for low skilled/ low pay groups.
  • Under Universal Credit, low paid and part-time workers will be encouraged to increase their earnings and may face sanctions for failing to do so.

Attendees with also have the chance to discuss the challenges and opportunities of this new kind of provision with other practitioners:

  • How to reach people in low paid work who may be working long hours, and/or doing shift work, around family commitments
  • Supporting people to understand the benefits of progression, and the trade-offs in terms of stress and time
  • Joining up employment, skills, and IAG funding
  • Working with employers to improve progression routes out of entry level work (especially in ‘dead end’ sectors with very poor progression opportunities).

Surrey Community Action events: ESF Information briefings

24 February 2014 10:00 25 February 2014 12:30

Surrey Community Action is holding TWO  Information Briefing Events on:

Monday 24 February 2014 at Reigate Baptist Church and

Tuesday 25 February 2014 at Milestone House, Portsmouth Road, Send, Woking

The events will provide more information about the ESF programme, explain the eligibility criteria and the application process.

Both events will run from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and will include a light sandwich lunch.

To book your place, please go to the Surrey Community Action website.

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WEA events in the North West: ESF Community Learning Grants

11 February 2014 10:00 13 February 2014 12:00

The information events will be an opportunity for organisations to meet the WEA staff and partners, ask questions and work out how best to apply.

The events will take place as follows

Lancaster - (for Cumbria and mid/north Lancs)

Tuesday 11th February  10am-12noon

Venue: Lancaster & District YMCA, 'Heart Of The City', Fleet Square, Lancaster, LA1 1EZ

Liverpool – (for Merseyside,  East Cheshire & West Lancs)

Wednesday 12th February  10am-12noon

Venue: The Neurosupport Centre, Norton Street, Liverpool, L3 8LR

Manchester – (for Greater Manchester, West Cheshire & South East Lancs)

Thursday 13th February  10am-12noon

Venue: Manchester Deaf Centre, Crawford House, Booth Street East, Manchester, M13 9GH

Places are limitedplease contact Jane Clayton at WEA via email or phone  on 0161 277 5403

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European Commission event: European Citizens' Dialogue

10 February 2014 14:00 17:00

 

European Year of Citizena
The debates are part of the 2013 European Year of Citizens: an entire year dedicated to your rights as a European citizen.

Vice-President of the European Commission, Vivianne Reding, will be coming to London on 10 February to hold a town-hall style meeting. This will be an opportunity for people to articulate their hopes for and concerns about the EU directly to one of its senior officials.

In the lead up to the event, there is an online dialogue for collecting ideas for discussion on the day and allowing those that cannot physically attend to make their voice heard. The online dialogue, like the main event, will be grouped around three themes:After the crisis, your EU rights and the future of Europe. The authors of the most popular and most commented ideas will be invited to present them at the event itself.

Everyone is invited to submit their ideas for discussion at the Talk Europe site. The most popular will form the basis of discussion on 10 February.

 

One East Midlands event: Preparing to Collaborate: To access EU funding

30 January 2014 09:30 14:00

This workshop seeks 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.

To book your place, go to the One East Midlands website.

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Enable East Midlands event: ESF Community Learning Grants 2014-2015 Launch

29 January 2014 10:30 13:30

You are invited to attend a celebration and launch event on Wednesday 29th January 2014 to find out more about the programme and meet people who ran projects funded under the previous programme.

The aim of the event is to give you a flavour of what the funding has done, and what it can continue to do, by networking with successful applicants/project managers and key Enable staff.

An Indian cuisine buffet lunch will also be provided.

During the event we will be running a series of short presentations about the new programme. If you would like to attend one of these, please tick the relevant box when registering.

Places are limited.

If require any special assistance or equipment for the meeting please contact Enable on (0115) 934 9505, or email enquiries@enable.uk.net

The application guidance will be available on the Enable website from 17th January 2014.

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NCVO event: LEP engagement in the South West

12 December 2013 10:30 14:00

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It has therefore now more important than ever for civil society organizations to demonstrate their social and economic contribution and the key roles they can play in helping LEPs deliver their strategic aims and outcomes. This workshop will help equip organizations with the knowledge and understanding they need to individually and collectively engage with LEPs effectively.

The workshop will also provide an opportunity to:

  • Hear how LEPs are responding to the Big Lottery Fund’s opt-in (matched funding) offer.
  • Hear from other opt in/match funding providers – including Skills Funding Agency and Department for Work and Pensions
  • Share good practice from across the South West about effective engagement with LEPs

The workshop is designed for anyone within voluntary organizations, social enterprises, trade unions, equalities groups, environmental organizations and wider civil society who wants to better understand LEPs and how they can work with them.

Presentations

 

Accessing European Structural Funds - Ingrid Gardiner, NCVO

LEPs and EU funding - Stephen Woollett, South West Forum

Skills Funding Agency's role in EU funding - Tony Skeel, Skills Funding Agency

Women's position in the economy - Jackie Longworth, Fair Play South West

Employment Activities - Sally Kittle, DWP

 

NCVO event: Yorkshire&Humber VCS/LEP engagement

11 December 2013 01:00 04:00

What do you need to know about  Local Enterprise Partnerships......and what opportunities are there for the VCS sector

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The LEPs have a new strategic role for the delivery of a large proportion of the next round of EU Funds, including ERDF and ESF, from 2014-2020. LEPs will be responsible for ensuring local growth outcomes are delivered by working with a range of local partners, including the VCS.

In maximising the VCS role in enabling economic inclusion, it has become even more important for the VCS to demonstrate their social and economic contribution and the key role they can play under the EU Structural Funds programme.

Outcomes and objectives

This event will enable VCS organisations to:

  • Understand the future role of LEPs in EU Structural Funding
  • Develop understanding of the positive social and economic contribution the VCS can make under the EU Structural Funds programme
  • Identify how the VCS can be both strategic and delivery partners

Register online

Draft Agenda

1.00         Registration and coffee

1.10         Welcome and introductions

1.15         Aims and Purpose of the workshop

1.20        The future role of LEPs in the next programme of EU Structural Funding

Rachel Quinn, CEO of One East Midlands & lead on Regional Voices VCS Engagement Project

1.45       The role of the VCS in the 2014-20 EU Structural Fund programme

Ingrid Gardiner ,ESF Effectiveness Manager ,National Council for Voluntary Organisations

2.00      Q & A and lessons learnt - the role of the VCS in the current 07/13 ERDF programme: what’s worked, what’s a barrier

2.30     Break

2.45     Local Perspectives

  • Claire Watts Humber Technical Assistance project working on Structural & Investment Funds with Humber LEP & York, North Yorks & East Riding LEPs
  • VCS speaker (TBA)

3.15   The technicalities

  • Community led local development
  • Project management
  • Local economy

3.30   Practical next steps

  • Barriers to engaging effectively
  • What role does the VCS have next EU programme? What is our offer around social inclusion in the next programme?
  • What should communication and relationships between the VCS and LEP’s look like and what are we seeking to achieve?

4.00    Close

This event is funded by the European Social Fund.

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Presentations

Ingrid Gardiner (NCVO) Presentation on Future of Structural Funds in England

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Rachel Quinn (Regional Voices) Presentation on LEPs - Up close and personal

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Claire Watts (Humber Technical Assistance) - Presentation on new programme arrangements

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NCVO event: It's Our Community research workshop - East of England

10 December 2013 09:30 17:30

 

We will go on to discuss the characteristics and specific requirements of community-led initiatives.
This event will feature a mix of workshop sessions and presentations:
Morning:
  • Presentation on European funding opportunities for community-led projects, and recommendations for the future ESF programme
  • Community led projects sharing their examples
Afternoon:
Participants contribute into the It’s Our Community research through exchange of ideas and good practice around issues such as:
  • Financing and resourcing
  • Capacity and skills
  • Local partnerships
  • Communicating impact
Please join us for what should be a fun and informative event, championing those small yet impactful projects that transform communities.

Presentations

 

About It's Our Community, Emily Fennell

Community Grants, European Structural and Investment Funds, Ingrid Gardiner

Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough LEP, Laura Halstead

New Anglia LEP, Alistair Rhind

Winter Comfort for the Homeless, Rachel Newell

East of England, Local Government Association, Louise Gooch

 

TSNLA-BIS Conference: Funding for delivering quality learning and skills to support social change

26 November 2013 09:45 15:30

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The development of learning and skills is increasingly recognized as having a major influence in people’s lives: increasing employability, building confidence, enhancing potential to manage and direct lives in ways which improve health and wellbeing on both individual and collective levels.

This event will feature significant inputs from both Big Lottery, the Office for Civil Society and the Federation for Community Development Learning.

The aims for the conference are:

  • To deepen participant’s awareness of Big Lottery’s current priorities and trends in funding - e.g. Reaching Communities
  • To strengthen the ability to produce a strong application to Big Lottery
  • To demonstrate the delivery of quality learning and skills on the ground and the impact of such learning
  • To make participants more aware of the roles of the Office for Civil Society in supporting the voluntary and community sector in accessing funding to fulfill the mission
  • To connect learning and skills policy with both funding developments and practice in localities

Delegates from VCS organisations without a budget for this kind of event will be able to reclaim travel expenses - having attended the event.

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VONNE Conference: LEPs, European funding and the VCS

14 November 2013 11:00 17:00

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The Government has proposed that LEPs will play a key role in the next programme for European Structural Funds (2014-2020) by setting the strategic direction and framework for the new programme in local areas. The emphasis of the funds is to achieve job creation and poverty reduction.

With around 20% of the ESF funding set to be invested in activities which address social exclusion and combat poverty, the VCS has a huge role to play in setting this agenda. And with charitable funders already looking at innovative ways to offer match funding for this, there is a significant chance for the VCS to shape and deliver the programme.

VONNE has been working with the two LEPs to help prepare their outline strategies ready for submission. We have been reinforcing the sector’s role to play as strategic partners and delivery partners. This will continue over the coming months as the LEPs prepare for final submission of the strategy in July 2014, with spend to start as early as Summer 2014.

This conference is a must-attend for anyone with an interest in promoting social inclusion, economic regeneration and combating poverty. It is the chance to start your thinking about what role you may play in delivering this ambitious programme.

Read VONNE’s briefing paper on the new EU programme

Who should attend?

Chief Executives and senior staff of voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises from across the North East region.

€700million reasons to attend

  • Keynote speakers to inspire thought and discussion
  • The latest updates on the European funding strategies
  • Breakout groups on thematic priorities
  • Networking opportunities<
  • Meet representatives from both LEPs developing the strategy

VCS Assist Workshops - Perfect your pitch

14 November 2013 09:30 16:00

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These three half-day ESF-funded workshops will provide you with some tips and hints to perfect your pitch and test it out with a group of funders and larger providers.

The dates are

12 November 09:30-12:30

14 November 09:30-12:30

14 November 13:30-16:00

Your organisation’s pitch is probably the most important part of your business development tool-kit if you are to make first impressions count.

Through a highly interactive and participative workshop, VCS Assist will help you to hone your organisation’s employment and skills offer into simple and impactful statements.

The workshop will also look at simple communication tools and strategies to help you standout in Expressions of Interests and PQQs.

There will be a  chance to rehearse your pitch and get constructive feedback from experienced funders and providers.

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What do you need to know about your Local Enterprise Partnership......and what opportunities are there for the VCS?

04 October 2013 09:30 14:30

Draft agenda

9.30am      Registration and coffee

10.00am    Welcome and introductions

10.10am    Aims and Purpose of the workshop

10.20am    The future role of LEPs in the next programme of EU Structural Funding

10.50am    The role of the VCS in the 2014-20 EU Structural Fund programme

11.10am    ‘Word on the street’ - Local Enterprise Partnerships…..Partner, Commissioner, Collaborator and / or competitor?

11.25am    Q & A

11.40am    Break

11.50am    Round table discussions  - Barriers to engaging effectively

  • What role does the VCS have next EU programme? What is our offer around social inclusion in the next programme?
  • What should communication and relationships between the VCS and LEPs look like and what are we seeking to achieve?

12.45pm    Lunch

1.30pm      Workshops by 6 LEPs

  • Building VCS & LEP partnerships
  • Increasing engagement
  • Sharing knowledge and intelligence
  • Writing the VCS offer

2.30pm      Close

Presentations

Future of Structural Funds in England - the story so far. Ingrid Gardiner, NCVO

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LEPs, past, present and future. Rachel Quinn, Regional Voices

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Midlands LEPs, and what opportunities exist for VCS. Big Lottery Fund

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LEPs, Growth and EU funds

25 September 2013 09:30 13:30

This half day conference introduced LEPs to key experts and providers of European funding to support the delivery of effective European Structural and Investment Strategies.

It was an opportunity for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to learn how civil society organisations can provide expertise in the following key priority areas

  • Social Inclusion and match funding
  • Social Innovation
  • CLLD
  • Volunteer time
  • Social investment

As the coordinator of the European Funding Network, NCVO has been working across the country to engage our local civil society members in the LEP dialogues that are now taking place.

You can read the latest on LEPs, Growth and EU funds on our blog

Agenda

 

Introduction and Civil Society Offer, Oli Henman, NCVO

OH Presentation

What is Social Inclusion? Vincent Caron, European Anti-Poverty Network

VC Presentation

Opportunities for the Sector: Community Grants, John Hacking, Network for Europe

JH Presentation

Community-led Local Development and ESIF Strategies, David Wilford, DEFRA

DW Presentation

How to incorporate Social Innovation in your Plans, Vicki Sellick, NESTA

VS Presentation

A guide to Social Investment, Azlina Bulmer, Charity Bank on behalf of the LIF working group, Sam Tarff, The Key Fund, Chris Dadson, Social Investment Business

SI Presentation

Volunteer time as Match Funding in Kind - how it works in Wales, Judith Stone, WCVA

JS Presentation

Enacting European citizenship

19 September 2013 14:00 19:00

Are you trying to find out what active citizenship means in Europe today? Do you want to know how people across Europe claim their European citizenship rights? Would you like to hear about local challenges of EU rights?

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NCVO, Open University and CSV in partnership with the European Parliament have organised an event on 'Enacting European citizenship’ with a  citizens’ dialogue with MEPs, professors and civil society organisations to discuss citizenship rights within the EU. Come and share your experience. This is a great opportunity to meet MEPs face to face and ask your question at live interviews.
The event is organised within the frames of the European Year of Citizens 2013.

Register for the event.


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Channel Crossings: All you never knew about the EU

17 June 2013 11:30 13:00

The EU in the news is a key political issue at the moment that could affect your organisation. This workshop will set out the key relationships and opportunities that you should be getting involved in. Whether you’re looking for funding, want to understand what rights are connected to Europe, or want to know where the balance of power really lays, this workshop has something for you.

The interactive session will give you

  • An overview of the key institutions, major funding streams and latest legislation that could affect your organisation.
  • Insights into the varied opportunities that should be taking advantage of in the EU.


Speakers:

Tamara Flanagan, European Funding Network
Ingrid Gardiner, NCVO

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Funding Opportunities from Europe

Future of EU Structural Funds in England

European Year of Citizens 2013 (EY2013) UK Alliance launch

27 February 2013 15:30 18:00

Our UK Alliance Launch Event in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK took place at Europe House on 27 Feb 2013 (3.30-6.00pm).

Speakers included representatives from:
  • the European Commission & European Year of Citizens Alliance
  • leading organisations involved in the European Years of Volunteering 2011 and Active Ageing 2012
  • key UK civil society organisations including the Citizenship Foundation, Electoral Reform Society and the AIRE Centre

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Read David Kerr from the Citizenship Foundation's presentation from this event:

Economic, Social and Political Citizenship: A Coherent Whole by David Kerr from the Citizenship Foundation

Let the People Decide! Digital democracy and European citizenship Event

29 November 2012 09:30 11:30

But what does this really change? Are the institutions ready for the sort of challenge this could bring? Are these processes representative, and do they need legal substance? And what does the machinery of digital citizenship mean for the relationship between governments and citizens and what are their obligations to each other in this emerging world?

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