CDFA joins calls for greater access to EU funds


CDFA and other voluntary sector bodies have written to ministers at BIS, DWP and DCLG calling for an increased role for civil society organisations in the next programme of EU funding.

The government is currently consulting on how European structural funds will be delivered over the next seven years from 2014. The CDFA joined NCVO, Social Enterprise UK, Cooperatives UK, UnLtd, Social Investment Business and CAN Invest to outline priorities for civil society in the next funding programme. These include:

  • developing a specific programme with smaller grants to enable access for civil society
  • local community-led approaches that use EU funds according to local needs
  • allowing for a blend of funding mechanisms – including grants, contracts and social investment – that can better reach community organisations
  • innovative approaches to match funding EU grants, including use of volunteer time
  • simplification and alignment of the EU funds which will allow better accessibility and easier project application
  • a priority objective to improve social inclusion, which features in all four structural funds
  • support for the creation of community groups, co-operatives and social enterprises to meet local needs and provide employment
  • capacity building to raise awareness of the funds and ensure that community organisations are better able to access these funds

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