EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND (ESF)

The European Social Fund supports employment and skills programmes as well as promoting economic, equality and social cohesion.

For the 2014-2020 phase ESF is worth an indicative £56m for the Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire area. The majority of ESIF funding for the LEP area is proposed to be accessed via three national opt-in programmes – Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and Big Lottery Fund. These opt-in organisations will be organising tendering opportunities at regular intervals inviting bids from eligible national and community delivery partners. For more information on the latest bidding calls and tendering opportunities under the opt-in programmes, please visit the www.gov.uk website here.

The Staffordshire Technical Assistance Project aims to support the delivery of the 2014-2020 European Social Funds across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. This project is part-funded by the ESF.

The project; delivered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council, Support Staffordshire and South Staffordshire College (Skills Staffordshire) will:

  • Provide ESF advisory support to project applicants (including those from the third sector) across Staffordshire to promote the development and delivery of compliant projects which meet the strategic needs of the programme area and maximise the programmes economic impact.

  • Provide support to ensure grant applicants develop a sound and consistent understanding of the complex regulatory requirements of the programme and to enable them to meet these requirements in project delivery.

  • Provide support to stakeholders and applicants to embed the cross cutting themes of environmental sustainability and equality of opportunity in activity funded through the ESF Programme.Give support which increases the capacity of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to develop a consortia approach and align resources at the appropriate spatial level, due to

  • Give support which increases the capacity of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to develop a consortia approach and align resources at the appropriate spatial level, due to activity being delivered across authority boundaries.

  • Play a key role in the effective coordination and delivery of the Opt-In organisations (Big Lottery, Skills Funding Agency and Department for Work and Pensions).

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Visit the government portal to see calls, plus supporting information and guidance, for ESF supported projects in Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire.

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