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[2014.02.09] EU digital business, social grant programmes launched
Communities and companies can dip into new pots of public funds – legally and above board!

Among its Europe 2020 strategic targets, the European Commission’s 2014-2020 Work Programme gives priority to “smart, sustainable, inclusive growth”, training, job creation and global competitiveness by supporting enterprise, social development and cross-cultural activities.

While many business owners and community leaders believe they won’t meet funding criteria or are put off by the application process due to lack of time or know-how, the launch of the European Social Fund (ESF), 6-7 February at The Egg, Brussels, promised to bring project grants within easier reach of citizens in 28 Member States.

Hosted by Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, László Andor, and Greek Labour Minister, Giannis Vroutsis, the new ESF focuses “more on results and facilitates access to funding, especially for smaller beneficiaries”, and is a significant marker under the current Greek and upcoming Italian EU Presidencies given the high social impact of the global crisis across southern Europe.

Greece will receive a minimum 28.1% share of the €80.3 billion ESF budget, valued at €3.33 billion; Spain a minimum 27.7% share valued at €7.47 billion; the UK a minimum 45.9% share valued at €4.94 billion.

EU grants criteria: project collaboration (at least three private or public sector partners bidding), co-financing (partners contribute 50%-85% of project costs), visible outcomes (e.g. safeguarding or creating jobs), and effective project monitoring/evaluation (strong shared management teams).

Ahead of European Parliament elections in May, the Commission is working with other EU institutions to finalise Programme negotiations before signing Partnership Agreements with national authorities – the Ministry of Employment & Social Security in the case of Spain’s ESF – so now’s the time to start thinking of collaborative projects or innovative ways of developing existing ones.

Initiatives such as Horizon 2020 seek bottom-up business ideas; Creative Europe for transnational Culture and Media projects accepts applications as early as the end of March; while the Web Entrepreneurs Challenge, part of the Digital Agenda, closes at the end of April.

A personal beneficiary of ESF-funded Business Studies, I have experience working in London and Brussels as part of a ‘European Initiative’ bid writing team and was a member of the Government Office for London funding advice committee.

I’m available to guide English-speaking applicants through the funding process and liaise with the Ministry on their behalf.

European Social Fund – How to participate, http://ec.europa.eu/esf/main.jsp?catId=25
Spain ESF Coordinator: Ministry of Employment & Social Security, www.empleo.gob.es/uafse
For free initial consultation: info@prowriteandedit.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:
Chris Dove, Principal Writer at Pro Write and Edit, completed ESF Business Studies in 1992 and has worked in London, Brussels and Barcelona on EU Structural & Cohesion Policies, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF Objectives 1 & 2), ESF (Objective 3), Framework Programmes for Research & Technological Development (FP RTD), Local Initiatives for the Environment (LIFE) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
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