NATIONAL ESF CALL TO ADDRESS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IS NOW CLOSED
Priority Axis 4 COVID-19 Response: Investment Priority 4.1 Addressing the Digital Divide in response to Coronavirus
A new national ESF call has been launched with a deadline of 23:59 on 30 September 2020. Applications must be made via EClaims and projects must be able to deliver all activity by 31 December 2020. Projects would have to be able to submit claims by 5 February 2021.
Through this call the Managing Authority is seeking ‘Lump Sum’ based ESF projects to deliver interventions, as additional bolt-on activity to existing projects. This can also include additional activity to projects which are currently being assessed by the ESF Managing Authority. The main objective of the call is to address the digital divide, by providing access to information and services, through digital technologies.
Note that failure to deliver any of your forecasted outputs by 31 December will result in no ESF being paid. Therefore, it may be more appropriate for existing contract holders to explore this opportunity for their existing ESF participants.
All documentation relating to this call can be found here . Please make sure you read the additional guidance which accompanies this call.
EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUNDS: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE
MHCLG and DWP have prepared some Q & As for project applicants covering different topics, for example, issues supplying documentary evidence with claims when working remotely, changes to activity/delivery, salary costs for those off sick or having to isolate due to the virus etc.
Further information can be found here.
The information provided aims to keep partners informed on the developments regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds in response to COVID-19. It will be updated as developments take place and information becomes available so you may want to check it from time to time.
EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUNDS
Tees Valley has received an allocation of £197m of European Structural and Investment Funds for the programming period 2014-20.
- £111.4m ERDF
- £84.5m ESF & YEI (Youth Employment Initiative)
- £1.1m EAFRD
The Tees Valley European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy sets out the key priorities for the investment of the European Funds. It is available to download here, for additional information covering Priority Axis 6 click here.
TEES VALLEY ERDF CALLS
New ERDF calls were due to be launched on Friday 20 March, however, due to the Coronavirus pandemic these calls were deferred with a view to refocussing activity to deal with the response.