Social European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-20
An update on the European Social Fund grant awards **Current**
Over recent months, £70m of European Social Funding has been granted to providers across the North East LEP region to support 30,000 local people into employment and to develop the skills of our workforce. Read on for a brief overview of the most recent projects:
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Better Together EU Update: **Current**
Attached is a copy of the most recent briefing note from VONNE about employability and skills programmes. It’s a regional overview, with most recent development highlighted in red text.
Funding on offer to boost rural economy **Current**
Over £2m worth of European funding is now available for projects to strengthen the economy of rural areas across the North Pennine Dales.
The North Pennine Dales (NPD) LEADER programme is seeking applications for the grant to fund projects that increase farm and forestry production, boost rural tourism or support small and micro businesses and farm diversification. Bids are also welcome for projects which provide cultural and heritage activities or offer rural services. Running until 2020, Durham County Council acts as the accountable body for the NPD LEADER programme which covers an extensive rural area across Gateshead, County Durham and south of Northumberland.
The aim of the €2.666m* programme is to create jobs and support strong and sustainable economic growth as well as helping to conserve the unique nature of the local landscapes. By funding projects put forward by people, groups and businesses in the area it also hopes to target areas that the communities themselves see as a priority.
Cllr Eddie Tomlinson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for rural issues, said: “The LEADER programme promises more jobs and stronger economies for rural areas across the region. By offering funding towards priorities that local communities themselves feel are important these projects can make a real difference for generations to come so we’d encourage everyone in the area with ideas to get in touch.”
People can find out more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 03000 266 895 or online at http://www.durham.gov.uk/npdleader.
NE LEP area Community Led Local Development (CLLD) call opened **Current**
The initial development of this European funding opportunity is likely to be co-ordinated by local authorities and provides an opportunity for VCSE organisations to be part of local action groups to shape the CLLD strategy for their areas.
When the CLLD programmes go live there will be further opportunities for VCSE organisations to bid in to develop and deliver local activity. The number and geographical location of potential CLLD areas will be limited and defined by IMD 2010 data.
This call is looking to support delivery of CLLD using a two stage process. For more information on what CLLD is see the introductory information on our website and further guidance can be found on the gov.uk website.
VONNE would encourage VCSE organisations interested in this opportunity to contact their relevant local authority contact - a list of contacts can be found here.