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Featuring Andrew Richards | 19th September, 2017

In the last couple of weeks we have seen another flurry of activity for European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Calls across the South West. This time, however, we have not just seen new Calls but also extensions to deadline and changes to Calls.

New Calls

The new Calls are as follows:

LEP area Title Overview Call value and minimum to be applied for Deadlines Source of direct funding for SMEs?
Swindon and Wiltshire Research and Innovation (OC33R17P 0602) Call to run project’s promoting research and innovation in Swindon and Wiltshire

 

£2.2m

£500k (£1m project)

10 Nov 2017 No (1)
Gloucestershire Environment and Resource Efficiency (OC11R17P 0604) Call to run a project focussed on preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency in Gloucestershire £1.4m

£300k (£600k project)

10 Nov 2017
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly SME Support (OC05R17P 0600) Call to run a project enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. £40m

£500k

10 Nov 2017 No (1)
Gloucestershire SME Support (OC11R17P 0603)   Call to run a project enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises in Gloucestershire £500k

£300k (£600k project)

 

 

10 Nov 2017 No (1)
Gloucestershire SME support (local export) (OC11R17P 0548) Call to run a project enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises in Gloucestershire £500k

£500k (£1m project)

 

10 Nov 2017 No (1)
West of England Low Carbon (OC37R17P 0601) Call to run a project supporting the shift to a low carbon economy in the West of England.

 

£3.3m

£500k

10 Nov 2017 Possibly (2)

Note

  1. Reference to vouchers and grants in ‘Indicative Actions’ indicates potential source of delegated funding pots to be administered by successful applicant(s) to the Call.
  2. Indicative actions include:
    1. Projects will support micro-energy installations, off-grid energy productions, renewable heat networks and ground and air source heat pumps
    2. Anaerobic digestion plants and other biomass or landfill gas schemes.

I have passed on details of the West of England Call to the new additions to the corporate finance team who specialise in Renewable Energy to see if they feel relevant to share with their contacts.

My colleague has a few words to say on the £40m Call for Business Support in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly – watch this space to see if those words get posted up as a blog.

Other

Other announcements in connection with ESIF Calls have been:

  • The call deadline has been extended until 29 October 2017 for Low Carbon call in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (OC05R17P 0549)
  • Updates following Priority Axis 4 changes to the ERDF Operational Programme. Impacting on:
    • Low Carbon: call in Dorset (OC09R17P 0497)
    • Low Carbon: call in Heart of South West (Rolling Call) (OC16R16P0409)
    • Low Carbon: call in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (OC05R17P 0549)

To be honest the nature of the changes to ‘Priority Axis 4 changes to the ERDF Operational Programme’ are not clear. I will make enquires and will look to be armed with an answer if anyone comments.

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