European Funding

European Funding, LEP’S & the 3rd Sector

What is European Funding?

European funding programmes provide financial support to public and private organisations, and in rare cases to individuals in the form of grants in order to help them implement projects or activities that further the EU policies, programmes and interests.

The 2014-20 programme brings together ESF (Employment and skills), ERDF (Innovation, ICT, SME competitiveness and low carbon) and EAFRD (Rural development) funding streams through the single European Structural and Investment Programme.

What are Local Enterprise Partnerships and what is their role?

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are locally owned partnerships between the public sector (local authorities) and the private sector (businesses).

LEPs have been given responsibility for designing local investment strategies for the delivery of European funding through the 2014-120 programme.

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) covers the County of Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Greater Lincolnshire LEP Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) sets out the priorities for growth in Greater Lincolnshire.
A local European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) committee has been established to take a strategic oversight of local investments. This committee contains a community and voluntary sector representative.

How is Involving Lincs involved?

Involving Lincs has taken the lead in bringing together community and voluntary sector partners to develop a co-ordinated response to show how the sector can support with the delivery of LEP and EU priorities.

We have facilitated workshops and events to identify opportunities for the community and voluntary sector to get involved and access European funding within Greater Lincolnshire.

Involving Lincs recently commissioned the production of a report designed to raise awareness and understanding about the contribution and ‘value’ to the local economy of the third sector in Greater Lincolnshire.

The executive summary provides an overview of the key findings and recommendations, whilst the full report provides further detailed analysis.

What is the 3rd Sector & Social Inclusion Strategy?

The 3rd Sector and Social Inclusion strategy has been produced through Involving Lincs with the following purpose:
• Demonstrate how the 3rd sector contributes to the economy of Greater Lincolnshire.
• Identify challenges and barriers faced by the sector and local stakeholders.
• Increase confidence in the sector to work together in a cohesive manor to deliver stronger outcomes for Greater Lincolnshire.
• Identify how the sector can deliver on the social inclusion agenda and how it cuts across other priorities within the Strategic Economic Plan.

The strategy is built around the following themes:
• Lincolnshire’s Businesses (Small business, innovation and growth)
• Community and a sense of place (Environment and heritage)
• Empowering People (Employment and skills)

Download the strategy document here

What other partnerships are we working with?

Involving Lincs is working closely with the following partnerships to develop cohesive programmes and opportunities across Greater Lincolnshire:

• Financial Inclusion Partnership (FIP) – Focusing on financial inclusion.
• Employment and Skills Board – Focusing on employment and skills activity as the employment and skills sub group of the LEP.
• Greater Lincolnshire training consortium.

What are ‘opt in’ partners?

‘Opt In’ partners will be providing match funding to the European programme. These partners are providing cash match funding to deliver activity or programmes where they have similar and complementary priorities or aims.

Initial opt in partners have been confirmed as follows:
• Big Lottery Fund
• Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
• Skills Funding Agency (SFA)

How can I get involved?

If you would like to get involved in supporting the sector to engage in the European programme, please contact Ben Barley on 01522 551683 or