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European Regional Development Fund

Overview

The European Regional Development Fund provides support to encourage research, development and innovation, create and grow SMEs, develop a low carbon economy and reduce the risk to businesses from flooding.

 

 

 

NEW CALLS OPEN

 

Supporting SMEs

This Call is focused on initiatives designed to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises in Thames Valley Berkshire. The Call is specifically designed to augment the Berkshire Business Growth Hub service by:

  • supporting SMEs to ‘Scale-Up’, through a strong social and economic environment
  • helping innovative companies export/export more
  • securing more Inward Investment into the area

It is vital that Berkshire’s small and medium sized businesses have access to the support needed to realise their full growth potential, particularly to understand how exporting can improve their trade position. We are already seeking to increase the proportion of firms involved in exporting, through our Business Growth Hub service. 


Click here for details of the Call. The application deadline is 8 September.

The LEP has also drafted a Scale-Up Plan for Berkshire in preparation for the ERDF PA3 Call issued in June 2017, which can be found here.

 

Environment and Resource Efficiency

This Call focuses on protecting Berkshire’s natural environment, recognised as a key factor in driving health and wellbeing in the area.

Investment into green infrastructure is encouraged, with projects at a local level designed to reduce the possibility of flooding and enhance overall biodiversity, adding value to the Berkshire economy.

 

£250,000 of EU funds are available, with creative collaborative bids welcomed.

 

Click here for details of the Call. The application deadline is 8 September.


Technical Assistance for the Calls

To support potential applicants, we have retained Regeneris Consulting to provide technical assistance. The role of Regeneris Consulting will be to provide advice and guidance on the design and development of projects during the outline stage. Please note this support does not remove the need for applicants to fully read the National Eligibility Rules before preparing an application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the National Eligibility Rules are adhered to and Regeneris cannot accept responsibility for any projects which are found to not meet these eligibility requirements at any stage of the application process. 

 

Email Oliver Chapman or call 07824 492300

 

To complement the technical assistance support for potential applicants, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are holding a workshop on Thursday 10 August from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The workshop will provide practical details about the application process. Click here to register; please note places are very limited. 


Low Carbon

Online applications are now being considered. Information on the technical assistance available to applicants will follow soon.

 

This funding represents approximately 20% of the ERDF funding available (£2.4m). The funding is provided on a match funding basis (50%) for projects of a total value of £1m or greater. It aims to support projects that can either; increase the renewable energy capacity in Berkshire, increase the number of SMEs that reduce their carbon emissions, deliver innovative carbon emission reductions in the public and housing sectors.  

 



Application Process Documents 

To support the calls a number of assessment and selection documents and project requirements guidance have been published on GOV.UK