The call for organisations to apply to manage the D2N2 Community Programme grants programme has been made. A Technical Assistance workshop took place on July 5th 2018.
The call was reopened pending clarification of issues raised in relation to defrayal that may have prejudiced against some potential applicants.
This message from Tim George, Department for Work and Pensions, European Social Fund Managing Authority Team, regarding defrayal. “The Managing Authority (MA) has agreed to adopt a revised approach to Delegated Grant Schemes in the hope that this will allow greater access for the Third Sector. Barring an exception brought to my attention by D2N2, the MA had previously considered that defrayal at the lowest possible level must have occurred before a claim to the MA could be submitted. I am pleased to report that the MA has agreed to adopt a revised approach in which, subject to sufficient assurances within the management and compliance process, we would consider a delivery model in which defrayal by the Lead Accountable Body would be suitable for inclusion in a claim to the MA. Amongst other things, evidence of defrayal by the grantee would still be required as part of the verification process. Appraisers will be paying particular attention to the models proposed in a delegated grant scheme call to seek adequate assurances that the risks have been considered and suitably mitigated.”
Deadline for applications: August 21st 2018.
The event was aimed at organisations wishing to apply for the management and administration of a small grants programme funded by ESF. The event was for both lead applicants and potential delivery partners of the grants programme. The event was not suitable for potential recipients of those grants or those interested in applying for a small grant. Opportunities to access the grants were due to be made available later in the year.
Attendees were strongly encouraged to read the following documents in order to understand what was expected from potential applicants:
Active Inclusion Grants Programme Strategic Overview: click here to open
and the Community Programme scoping research report:
The workshop, which was funded by the D2N2 Technical Assistance programme, took place at Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, NG10 4HD.
The event provided information on the local strategic priorities for the D2N2 ESF programme and were designed to support potential applicants interested in applying to support the delivery of the Active Inclusion Community Grants.
Presentation and other useful information
State of the Nation 2017 report: this report assesses the progress that Great Britain has made towards improving social mobility - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/state-of-the-nation-2017
Public Health England data sets/infographics tool on work, worklessness and health at local authority level were published in June 2018: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-worklessness-and-health-local-infographic-tool
This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.