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ERDF Open Calls in Lancashire UPDATE

Network for Europe held a briefing session on 2nd February regarding the open ERDF calls in Lancashire.

For those unable to attend, you can download the presentation below which gives details of the current Calls in Lancashire under the ERDF Programme.

 ERDF Briefing Session (Lancs) 02/02/17

In addition here is the link to the site containing the application form and annexes to be completed. If you have any questions regarding this please email: 
john.hacking@networkforeurope.eu

Note that the ESIF form applies to these calls and the ERDF Annexes are the relevant documents.

 

Link to Application and Annexes:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds-outline-application

If you have a draft application relating to the ERDF Priority 6 Call – ‘Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency’ then you can book a slot with DCLG officers to discuss your application.If you have a draft project and want to book a slot for this please contact Shabana Patel at LCC on Shabana.Patel@lancashire.gov.uk.

If you have any further queries please contact John Hacking:
john.hacking@networkforeurope.eu  

or Liz Tapner at SELNET by emailing – liz@selnet-uk.com.

 

 

 

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Skills and Opportunities Fund

Are you Looking To Start A Social Enterprise?

 

Social enterprises operate in all areas of life providing goods and services that benefit the community.

Here in Lancashire social enterprises are involved in recycling, helping people to find work, the arts and theatre, supporting people with a range of issues and so much more.

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NatWest, through its Skills and Opportunities Fund, is currently working in Lancashire to establish 18 social enterprises in 18 months.

So if you are looking to set up a social enterprise contact Social Enterprise Solutions CIC – one of Selnet’s members – to get free help and support.

The team of qualified business advisers, based in Blackpool, will be able to help by explaining the different forms of social enterprise; with completing the company paperwork; give advice on how to put together a business plan; cash flow and all the other aspects of starting a business.

For an informal chat or to arrange a meeting, contact 01253 344123 or alistair@socialenterprisesolutions.co.uk.

 

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Selnet Leading BBO Project 3 for Lancashire

Thank you to all organisations who expressed an interest, the call for partners is now closed and we can report that Selnet have received 95 responses!

This overwhelming response means that we are oversubscribed to the point of possibly being able to deliver the required project more than three times over!

We now have the huge task of selecting partners to include within our submission. Our aim as with the previous two projects is to utilise the skills and diversity within the Selnet board of directors and, with support from the consortium leaders who selected Selnet to lead this bid (Greater Together and FHWBC) work through this process.

Next Steps:

  • Liz and the Selnet team will do a ‘first sift’ of all EoI’s received. This will be based on the organisations governance, processes, in addition to mandatory requirements (i.e.Q3) you have detailed within your response
  • We will then analyse Lancashire demographics by district, based on the target groups
  • Then finally assess the EoI’s received looking in particular at the organisations ability and evidence of engagement and/or relationships with the particular target groups

We don’t envisage calling for theme leads at this point but, having gone through the above process we will feedback.

Again thank you for your interest in working with Selnet.

 

See the announcement below…

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Building Better Opportunities

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Second round of projects now open

Today we have published 61 new funding opportunities in 18 LEP areas. This is the second round of Building Better Opportunities projects to be opened for stage one applications. The first round was launched earlier this year and is now closed to new applications.
                  
Over the next few years funding will be delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership areas supporting projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.
 
More about the latest round of funding can be found in our newsroom.
 
Details of the projects now open for applications can be found on our website. The deadline for stage one applications is 12 noon Monday 30 November 2015.

 


 

 

 

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Key Fund Introduce NEW Resilience Fund

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Income per head in inner London is the highest in the EU. In the North West, we live in the shadow of former industrial powerhouses, with unemployment black spots.

Whilst the narrative from the capital is one of progress, many villages, towns and cities here are struggling as the public sector shrinks. We are seeing many existing charities, co-operatives, social enterprises and social ventures, many of whom deliver essential services, attempting to adjust to the changed environment as austerity reduces the availability of grant funding. For many this means they must ‘grow, change or die’.

These are challenging times.

Sounds dramatic? But without change, the North-South divide will deepen. The same old stuff won’t work, new challenges need new ideas.

Organisations are looking to develop new products and services, moving into trading, using the profits they generate to support their transition, and deliver their social impact in a more sustainable way. But it’s not easy.

Which is where the Key Fund comes in. It enables this change. Think of it as a revolutionary movement – a new way of doing business.

As the biggest social investor operating across the whole of the North of England, it works with businesses that are about more than just profit, but deliver social impact.

Since it set out in 1999 with the aim to revitalise communities from the collapse of the coal and steel industries, it has evolved into helping to shape new kinds of industry.

We need daring, courage and fairness to live on this planet, things the Key Fund has in spades. Key Fund understands the challenges of working in disadvantaged communities and provides a wide range of support to organisations looking to make this transition: from direct 1-2-1 advice, to specialist investment readiness training via the ‘Early Days and Changing Ways’ programme, to providing investments up to £300,000 with the new ‘Resilience Fund’.

So whether you work for, or are a director or advisor of a charity, co-operative, social enterprise or social venture, perhaps it might be time to speak to the Key Fund about how they can help you to grow or change.

Phone Key Fund on 0845 1401400

 


 

 

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Growth Vouchers

How can they help you to grow your business?

 

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The Growth Vouchers programme can help you find the expert advice and support you need to grow your business.

The Growth Voucher contributes 50% towards the cost of expert advice up to a maximum of £2,000.

 

Professional advice can be funded in a number of areas, including;

  • Raising Finance & Managing Cash Flow; examples include advice on the overall financial health of your business, improving cash flow management, credit control or advice on how to negotiate with banks and investors.
  • Marketing Attracting & Keeping Customers; examples include advice on effective marketing strategies, market research, targeting existing and potential customers, using social media to extend your reach into new markets, pricing strategies and selling skills.
  • Making the most of Digital Technology; examples include advice on product development and market testing, customer service, building online sales, and technology improvements.
  • Improving Leadership & Management Skills; examples include advice on planning for the future, change management, and how to build and improve the management potential of you and your team.
  • Recruiting & Developing your Staff; examples include advice on how to hire, train and manage staff, employment law and regulations, and performance management systems. 


Is my business eligible?

  • Do you have less than 50 employees
  • Have you been trading for at least one year
  • Is your business registered in England
  • Your business has not paid for strategic advice or received less than 200,000 euros of public money in the last 3 years


How do I apply for a voucher?

Complete the short application form by visiting www.gov.uk/apply-growth-vouchers

For more information regarding the programme and frequently asked questions please visit www.winning-pitch.co.uk/growth_vouchers or email growthvouchers@winning-pitch.co.uk

 

Please email growthvouchers@winning-pitch.co.uk for an electronic copy of this text and growth voucher logo.

 

 

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Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

If you’ve got an idea for a project to improve your local community, this programme can help make it happen.

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We’re offering a fully funded year of learning and a grant to help you get started on a new idea or scale up an existing social enterprise.

During the programme you will develop as a leader and obtain the skills needed to take your organisation to the next stage.

The programme is incredibly practical and students can expect to learn from their peers, build new networks and be challenged by practitioners.


The programme is split into Start Up and Scale Up:

Both programmes offer:

  • Fully funded 14 day learning programme
  • Grant (either £4,000 or £15,000)
  • Mentor from Lloyds Bank/ Bank of Scotland

Start Up will get your new project or idea off to a flying start.

Scale Up will help you grow an established social enterprise.

 

Find out more

 

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Our Place | My Community Rights

Our Place now open

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We’re excited to let you know that Locality and partners are now accepting applications for the Our Place programme.

 
From 20 January, the eligibility checker and guidance notes are on the My Community Rights website.

 
This £4.3m programme of support and grants will help areas working to transform local public services.

Locality, the Local Government Association and delivery associates are supporting at least 100 areas as they work towards making services in their neighbourhoods such as adult social care, health or employment better for all.

Apply early – we’re expecting a large number of applications so we recommend that you submit your application in good time.

Am I eligible? If you’re an incorporated body, parish or town council, public service provider or local authority in England you will be able to apply.*

There are plenty of resources to help you with your application such as the Starter Pack, insights from the pilot organisations and top ten tips for success.

See our FAQs for the questions we’ve been responding to over recent weeks.

You can contact us through the advice service if you have further questions.

 
When you’re ready to apply, please contact us through the Apply page of:
mycommunityrights.org.uk/our-place

We look forward to helping you make a difference in your area!

 

*Please note that we are not able to provide grants for capital projects or running costs which relate to a specific building or an individual organisation’s service / activity.

 

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Third Sector representation in Lancashire’s Growth Plans

For the 2014 to 2020 funding period, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), will be brought together into an EU Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme. The top priorities of this Programme are innovation, support for SMEs, low carbon, skills, employment and social inclusion.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been asked to set out how it intends to use the Growth Programme Funds in a European Union (EU) Structural and Investment Funds strategy. In developing its strategy, the LEP will work with and reflect the interests of a broad range of economic, social and environmental partners, including businesses, civil society, rural partners and further and higher education institutions.

Lancashire is one of the largest local economies in the North of England. ESI funds will increase productivity levels for key economic sectors, promote sustainable employment growth and tackle the barriers to employment for Lancashire’s most disadvantaged communities and increase capacity to unlock the economic potential of Lancashire’s businesses and residents.
Lancashire has over 1000 Social Enterprises working on a range of activities across the economic, environmental and social spectrum. These businesses support and encourage economic activity amongst the most excluded and hard to reach individuals, and realise business activity and growth in areas where other sectors have failed, specifically within Lancashire’s more deprived communities.

Liz Tapner, Chief Executive of Selnet ltd (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) and ONE Lancashire director was asked to contribute to the strategy for Lancashire to represent Social Enterprises and the wider Third Sector. Liz, a chartered business adviser and business mentor has extensive experience of providing business support to a wide variety of organisations across the North West. Through Selnet and as a Director of ONE Lancashire, Liz is well placed to advise on the strengths and importance of the Third Sector to the growth of Lancashire’s economy.

Through attendance at the Technical Assistance Group of the Lancashire European Network (LEN), Liz is currently working with senior public sector officers and writers of the plan of which the LEP’s role will be to oversee delivery for the next 7 years. EU monies will need to be matched and Liz is working with ‘opt-in’ providers such as BIG Lottery and Social Investment Business (SIB). Lottery projects are still to be defined but will stand alone from the mainstream lottery programme releasing additional investment into Lancashire. SIB have developed the Local Impact Fund a fund that is bespoke to Social enterprise www.sibgroup.org.uk/lif.

The strategy is now in its 2nd phase of development and due into central government 31st Jan 14. We will keep you updated on the plans and how they can impact on your business, organisation and community.


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