European Funding Opportunities

NEW TEES VALLEY ESF CALLS ARE NOW LIVE

Two Tees Valley ESF calls have been launched to support access to employment and lifelong learning in Tees Valley.

The closing date for both calls is 4 November 2019. Full specifications can be accessed via the gov.uk website, click here and here.

Investment Priority 1.1 – Access to employment for job seekers and inactive people

Call to run a project to support access to employment for job seekers and inactive people, including the long term unemployed and people far from the labour market, also through local employment initiatives and support for labour mobility.

£4.76m of ESF funding is available. Open Call applicants are required to bring forward their own match funding of 40%.

Investment Priority 2.1 – Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups

Call to run a project to support enhancing equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups in formal, non-formal and informal settings, upgrading the knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce, and promoting flexible learning pathways including through career guidance and validation of acquired competences.£9.75m of ESF funding is available. Open Call applicants are required to bring forward their own match funding of 40%.

Tees Valley Combined Authority is hosting local events to help partners find out more about the opportunities available.

Event 1

Thursday 22 August 2019 09:30 – 11:00, Teesside International Airport, Darlington, DL2 1LU

Investment Priority 1.1 – Access to Employment for Jobseekers and Inactive People.

To register for this event by 20 August click here

Event 2

Thursday 22 August 2019 11:30 – 13:00, Teesside International Airport, Darlington, DL2 1LU

Investment Priority 2.1 – Equal access to lifelong learning.

To register for this event by 20 August click here

Event 3

Tuesday 10 September 2019 13:00-14:30 The Enterprise Village, Cleasby Way, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees, TS16 0RD

Investment Priority 1.1 – Access to Employment for Jobseekers and Inactive People.

To register for this event by 6 September click here

Event 4

Tuesday 10 September 2019, 15:00-16:30, The Enterprise Village, Cleasby Way, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees, TS16 0RD

Investment Priority 2.1 – Equal access to lifelong learning

To register for this event by 6 September click here

Please note that places at the events are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

NEW TEES VALLEY ERDF CALLS ARE NOW LIVE

Three Tees Valley ERDF calls have been launched under the following themes:

  • INNOVATION £4.9m
  • SME COMPETITIVENESS £26.2m
  • LOW CARBON £9.7m

The closing date for all three calls is Monday 30th September 2019.  Calls can be accessed here

 

LAUNCH EVENTS

Three Launch events were held in July.  If you would like a copy of the presentations or require any further support please email Sue Donnelly

 

OPEN CALLS – ACTIVITY

PROMOTING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION – PRIORITY AXIS 1

The call states that the focus is on revenue support, particularly the provision of intensive support leading to an increase in innovative capacity for new and established businesses innovating in smart specialisation areas.  Consideration will be given to limited capital investment that addresses the key priorities identified within the Tees Valley Innovation Strategy.  Capital investment should provide improved innovation facilities/business space to enable research, development and innovation where robust evidence of market failure is provided, and where this investment is fundamentally linked to the provision of intensive support to new and established innovating businesses.

SME COMPETITIVENESS – PRIORITY AXIS 3

This call looks to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and specifically:

  • Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
  • Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • Supporting the capacity of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to grow  in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes,

Local priorities will be:

  • Increasing Productivity
  • Start-up/Scale up
  • Supply Chain Development
  • Access to Finance and Investor Readiness

LOW CARBON – PRIORITY AXIS 4

This call is looking to support the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors and in particular:

  • promote the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources
  • increase energy efficiency particularly in SMEs including through the implementation of low carbon technologies
  • support the take up of low carbon energy solutions
  • promote low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures promote research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies

EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL INVESTMENT FUNDS

The ESIF Programme 2014 – 2020 was designed by the European Union (EU) to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and cohesion across different areas of the EU. They bring significant investment into local areas across a range of activities, including supporting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), improving access to finance for SMEs, enhancing innovation capacity, supporting access to employment, developing the skills base and promoting social inclusion.

The funds available to the United Kingdom are:

  • The European Regional Development Fund
  • The European Social Fund
  • The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
  • The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Tees Valley Combined Authority has received an allocation of European Structural and Investment Funds for the full seven-year period.

  • £197million from the ERDF, ESF and YEI (Youth Employment Initiative)
  • £1.1million from the 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