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Update from ESIF Committee

Fri 12 Feb 2016

The Stoke and Staffordshire LEP ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) Committee met on 21 January 2016. There are 24 ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) bids progressing to full application stage but none have been approved so far.

On ESF (European Social Fund) the bidding process for Building Better Opportunities closed on 30 November and these stage 1 bids are currently being considered by the Big Lottery Fund. The specification for the DWP opt-in funding the first call should be open in spring. On the SFA opt-in there is currently a call out for work with NEETs. All SFA funded activity has to be scheduled to finish in March 2018.

If you have any issues you want raising at the ESIF Committee, or any questions about its activity, please contact your VCSE sector rep, Jill Norman at our Leek office on 01538 381356 or email her on jill.norman@supportstaffordshire.org.uk

Information on current open calls for European funding can be found on www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds