An introduction to EU funding for youth, social and employment

Report
European funding for employment,
youth and social projects 2014-20
Lucy Ashdown MInstF (Dip)
Today’s Workshop
 New
EU Funding Programmes for employment, youth and
social projects 2014-2020
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European Structural Integration Funds
(European Social Fund)
ERASMUS Plus
Other EU Funds
 How
can organisations prepare?
EU Structural and Investment Funds
 Support
growth and jobs across the EU and delivery of
EU 2020 Strategy
 Comprise European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
and European Social Fund (ESF), plus the Youth
Employment Initiative (YEI) in London
Europe 2020 Strategy
The EU’s strategy for smart, sustainable
and inclusive growth
Headline targets:
 75% employment (ages 20-64)
 3% EU GDP investment in Research & Development
 Achievement of the 20/20/20 climate targets (20% lower
greenhouse gas emissions than 1990 levels, 20% of energy
from renewables, 20% increase in energy efficiency)
 40% of 30-34 year olds should have a tertiary degree, and
reducing rates of early school leaving to below 10%
 20 million people lifted out of poverty and social exclusion
ESIF Delivery Arrangements
 Local
Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) determining strategy
for the use of ESIF
 Proposed allocations in London:
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£502m European Social Fund (ESF)
£176m EU Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
£37m new Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) Funding
 Match
funders ‘Opt in’ organisations
 Total £1.35 billion programme over next 7 years in
London including match-funding (EU provides 50%)
 Programmes due to launch late 2014-early 2015
ESIF Priorities - Overview
Priority theme
Indicative activities
Funding
allocation
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Freedoms, flexibilities, funding
incentives
Informed customers
Employer engagement
Enhancing the
competitiveness of London’s
small and medium sized
enterprises (SMEs)
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Boost SME growth capacity
Facilitate access to finance
Trade and export
Entrepreneurship
Resource efficiency
£35m ERDF
and £14m
ESF
Strengthening science and
technological development
and fostering innovation
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Connect London
Commercialising innovation
Low carbon/resource efficient
technologies
Exploitation of digital technologies
£38.5m
ERDF
Unlocking growth in disadvantaged
areas
Research and innovation
Business workspaces
Ultra-fast broadband
Low carbon infrastructure
£102m
ERDF
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Skills and Employment
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Investing in London’s
infrastructure
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£465m ESF
and
£37m YEI
ESF Match-Funders
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match-funders
Skills Funding Agency (SFA)
Big Lottery Fund (BLF) – NEW!
Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
 Other
match-funders to be secured during
implementation
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GLA, London Councils/local authorities, further and higher
education and civil society organisations
 Each
match-funder developing its own programme,
approved by the LEP
ESF - Priorities and Indicative Activities
Freedoms,
Flexibilities
and funding
incentives
ESF
• Targeted employability
programmes
• Job readiness
• Tailored employment advice
• Basic skills
• Progression to higher level skills
• Targeted NEET programmes
Informed
customers
Employer
engagement
• Developing stronger links
between education and business
• Improving information on post16 career pathways
• Extending the National Careers
Service
• Developing quality
apprenticeships and work
placements
• Skills for business start-up, selfemployment and
entrepreneurship
• Sector specific business skills
for SMES
• Growing the social investment
market
ESF - Target Groups
 Women
 BAME
groups
 Older people
 Lone parents
 Disabled people
 Long-term workless
 Young people aged 15 to 24
 People with low-level or no qualifications
 Disadvantaged families and workless households
 Those earning less than the London Living Wage
ESF - Youth Employment Initiative
YEI programme areas
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London-wide youth
programme will invest
~£129m (£73m YEI
and £56m ESIF)
Preventative NEET
NEET re-engagement
Targeted NEET interventions (hard to
reach/niche target groups)
SFA main ‘opt in’; BLF
and DWP will also
deliver programmes
Capacity building for career guidance
Co-production of
specifications
Promoting apprenticeships and young
people to businesses
Employability skills
Face to face guidance
Encouraging entrepreneurship skills
Employment support for unemployed
young people
ESF – Big Lottery Programme
 Ambitions
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Improve access to ESF funding for civil society organisations £260m nationally
To maximise impact of ESF funding
Target hardest to reach
 Challenges
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ESF funding criteria, rules, etc.
 Approach
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Expecting large (£5m plus) partnership contracts and mediumsized contracts (£100,000-£500,000)
Getting Ready for ESF
 LVSC ‘VCS Assist’
project provides ESF capacity building,
information & networking activities www.vcsassist.org.uk
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Contact Steve Kerr, Policy & Project Manager (Employment
and Skills), 020 7832 5811 / steve@lvsc.org.uk
 Technical
assistance website run by GLE EU Service at
http://esflondon.com
ERASMUS PLUS
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EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth
and sport
Supports personal and professional development,
and learning
Launched1st January 2014 – on-going deadlines
14.7 billion euro budget 2014-2020
Very wide range of organisations can apply
Strong international dimension
Structure: Three ‘key actions’ to deliver across two
priorities: education and training, and youth
ERASMUS+ Priority 1: Youth
Objectives
 Improve key competencies and
skills of young people, in
particular those with less
opportunities
Priorities
Promoting social inclusion and wellbeing, tackling youth unemployment
Promoting healthy behaviours - grassroots
sports and outdoor activities
 Quality improvements in youth
work
Raising awareness of EU citizenship and
rights
 Support development of
knowledge and evidence based
youth policy and recognition of
informal learning
Developing basic skills, including
entrepreneurship, digital skills,
multilingualism
Enhancing ICT based training
 Enhance international dimension
of youth activities
Coherence between skills and
qualifications across EU
ERASMUS+ Priority 2: Education & Training
Objectives
Priorities
• Improve level of key
competencies and skills, in Developing basic skills, including entrepreneurship,
particular in relation to
digital skills, multilingualism
relevance to labour market
and cohesive society
Enhancing ICT based training
• Foster quality and
innovation at level of
training and education
institutions
• Enhance international
dimension of in-vocational
and higher education, and
learning
• Improve teaching and
learning of languages
Improving funding approaches for skills
development e.g. partnerships/cost sharing
Partnerships between VET and employers in
growth areas, aligning VET policies with economic
development
Reducing low-skilled adults
Improving attainment of young people at risk of
early school leaving/low skills, including through
high quality early education and care
Key Action 1 –
Mobility of Individuals Overview
Large
Scale EU
Voluntary
Service
Events
Study/work
placements
for students,
apprentices,
volunteers
Mobility of
learners and
staff
Joint
Masters
Degree/
Student
Loans
Teaching
and training
periods for
staff
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Mobility of higher
education students
and staff
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Mobility of VET
students and staff
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Mobility of school
staff
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Mobility of adult
education staff
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Mobility of young
people and youth
workers (13+)
E.g. KA1 Mobility Projects for Young People
and Youth Workers
Wide range of organisations
can apply, including informal
groups of young people
 Must involve at least two
organisations from different
participating countries (sending
and receiving)
 Deadlines17th March, 30th April,
and 1st October each year
 Funding available for Advance
Planning Visit for 2 days
 Formula contribution to
organisational costs and
travel costs
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Three types of actions funded
Youth Exchanges for young
people aged 13-30 for 5-21 days
involving informal learning through
mix of activities
EU Voluntary Service for young
people aged 17-30 for 2-12 months
Young people with fewer
opportunities - minimum of 2 weeks
(organisations must have EVS
accreditation).
Networking and training for
youth workers participation in
seminars, training courses and study
visits
Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and
Exchange of Best Practices - Overview
Capacity
Building
in the
Field of
Youth
Knowledge
Alliances
Sector
Skills
Alliances
Strategic
Partnerships in
the Field of
Education,
Training and
Youth
Aims
 Promote innovation,
exchange of experience
and know-how between
different organisations
 Increased quality of
learning offer and
promote participation
in learning
E.g. KA2 Strategic Partnerships
Partnership – min. 3 programme
countries (or 2 for projects in
school and youth fields).
 2 or 3-year project (6 months to
2 years for youth field)
 Max. grant 150,000 euros per
year (mix of set and real costs)
 Coordinator applies to National
Agency and manages funds for
the whole partnership
 Deadlines: 30th April & 1st Oct
 Award criteria take into account
small projects so they are not
disadvantaged
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Types of actions supported
• Exchange of practices e.g.
workshops
• Develop, test / implement
innovative practices
• Cooperation between regional
authorities for development of
fields of education, training and
youth
• Encourage active citizenship and
entrepreneurship
• Training, teaching or learning
activities for learners and staff
Applying to ERASMUS+
 UK
website: https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk
National Agency is British Council/ECORYS
 Programme Guide
http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmusplus/documents/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf
 Sign up to new monthly ERASMUS + newsletter
https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/news/new-monthlyerasmus-newsletter
 Get advice
0161 9577755 / Erasmusplus.enquires@britishcouncil.org
 MUST Register on European Commission
Authentication Service (ECAS) to apply
https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/cas/eim/external/register.cgi
Other EU Funding
Typical
Features of EU
Funding
 Most managed centrally by European
Commission (a few by National Agencies)
 Annual work programmes/Calls for
Proposals
 Transnational Partnerships and EU
added value
 Match-funding requirement
 Detailed online application proposals
 Typical activities:
• Exchange of best practice and
experience (workshops, conferences)
• Innovative pilot projects
• Research and evaluation
• Training and capacity building
• Awareness raising
Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
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Aims to promote and protect rights deriving from the
citizenship of the Union, including the rights of the child,
women’s rights and gender
equality. Objectives:
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Promoting non-discrimination and equality – combating racism,
promoting disabled persons, ROMA & women's rights
Protection of rights and empowering citizens – preventing violence
against children, young people, women & vulnerable and promoting
children’s rights
Funding: 439m euros (54m euros in 2014), 80% co-financing
 Key criteria: Not all calls require EU partners, ~5 EU partners
where required
 Status: 2014 Annual Work Programme published
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Programme for Employment and
Social Innovation
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Aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through promoting
employment, social inclusion and labour mobility. Objectives
include:
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Improving access to the labour market
Supporting development of effective social protection systems
Promoting employment and social inclusion (especially youth
unemployment)
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Funding: 919m euros (100m euros for social innovation and
policy experimentation). 2014 budget: 70m euros
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Status: Annual Work Programme published
Asylum and Migration Fund
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Supports the economic, social, cultural and political integration
of citizens, residents or natives of countries outside of the EU
and the European Economic Area. Objectives:
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Effective management of migration flows
Supporting effective social integration of new arrivals, including
asylum seekers and refugees
Voluntary assisted return programme
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Total budget: National Agencies, 3.2 billion Euros; Centrally
managed: 637m Euros. 50-90% co-financing rate.
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Status: Home Office is UK National Agency. Annual Work
Programme due late 2014 with first calls for proposals in 2015
Funding Programme
Summary
Creative Europe
Programme
(1.8 billion euros )
• Aims to support the European audio-visual, cultural
and creative sector.
Three strands of the programme support:
• Individual mobility of creatives and their works
• Support for the audio-visual sector
• Access to finance for creative enterprises
Europe for Citizens
Two funding themes:
• EU remembrance
• Democratic engagement and civic participation
Horizon 2020
(80 billion euros)
Health for Growth
(446m euros)
• EU research and development fund
• Support for researchers and partners, addressing
societal challenges is a key priority (including health,
energy, crime, transport, environment)
• Promote public health and healthy lifestyles
(obesity, alcohol etc.)
• Innovative and sustainable health systems
• Cross-border health threats
How can organisations prepare?
 Start
small
 Do your research to identify the most relevant
funding streams
 Access available support
 Network to identify strong partners
 Plan ahead – international projects take longer
 Consider resources and skills required to successfully
manage the funding
Access Support
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GLE EU Funding Solutions (consultancy services)
www.eufundingsolutions.co.uk:
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User friendly briefings on EU policy and funding
Workshops and training on writing successful applications
EU partner search service
Rights and Citizenship Programme Workshop on 1st July is FREE.
Contact to register: Iwona.w@gle.co.uk
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NCVO European Network support civil society organisations
to access EU funds http://europeanfundingnetwork.eu
Newsletters and updates
 Funding Central partner zone
 http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/page.aspx?sp=6293
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EU Programme
EU website and further information
Rights, Equality and
Citizenship
Programme
http://ec.europa.eu/justice/grants1/programmes-20142020/rec/index_en.htm
Programme for
Employment and
Social Innovation
http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1081
Asylum and Migration
Fund
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/homeaffairs/financing/fundings/funding-home-affairs-beyond2013/index_en.htm
Creative Europe
http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creativeeurope/index_en.htm
Horizon 2020
http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en
Europe for Citizens
http://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/about-the-europe-forcitizens-programme/future-programme-20142020/index_en.htm
Health for Growth
http://ec.europa.eu/health/programme/policy/index_en.htm
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