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19 April 2017

European Regional Development Fund in Dorset - Support event to applicants

European Regional Development Fund in Dorset - Support event to applicants

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the European Union’s main funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across the EU. They form part of the UK Government’s overall growth activity. The ERDF aims to improve economic and social cohesion in the European Union by focusing its investments on areas such as innovation, research, and support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

There is currently up to £8M EU funding available for Dorset businesses with calls in research & innovation, SME support and Low Carbon.

Borough of Poole is hosting a workshop to maximise the quality of the funding applications in Dorset, with the collaboration of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the ESIF Technical Assistance in Dorset.



Workshop date, time and venue

Thursday 27 April 2017

10:00 – 15:00 BST

Cattistock room, Civic Centre, Borough of Poole, Poole, BH152RU

The event is targeting public and private organisations looking at submitting an application to the current ERDF calls in Dorset, published on GOV.UK. Speakers from the Dorset LEP and from DCLG will cover the ESIF priorities for Dorset, the call criteria and the national ERDF rules.

The audience will have the opportunity to meet potential partner organisations and to discuss collaborative applications. One to one surgeries with Technical Assistance will be available in the afternoon (limited places).


09.30 - Arrival & Registration.

10.00 - Welcome & Introductions – Mohan Iyengar, Portfolio holder for Economy, culture and leisure, Borough of Poole.

10.05 - Overview of European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) priorities in Dorset – Mike Byatt, Chairman of the Dorset LEP ESI Funds sub-committee.

10.20 – European Regional Development Fund open calls and the application process – Jo Johns and Alasdair Brown, Department for Communities and Local Government.

11.20 - Concluding remarks – Mike Byatt, Chairman of the Dorset LEP ESIF sub-committee.

11.30 – Collaborative discussions between participants and support for project ideas generation.

12:00 - Networking lunch (light lunch on-site).

12:45 One-to-one surgeries with Jon Bird and Marie Pandolfo, ESIF Technical Assistance in Dorset (limited places).

15:00 End.

For further information and to register click here


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