EU Funding streams available to Hampshire for 2014 to 2020

Creative Europe

Bringing together the old Culture, Media and Media Mundus programmes, Creative Europe has two key objectives: promoting cultural and linguistic diversity; enhancing the competitiveness of the cultural, audiovisual and creative sectors, taking into account in particular the challenges created by globalisation and digital technologies.

The programme aims to encourage cooperation and the circulation of creative and cultural products through different types of project:

  • Small Co-operation Projects: Up to €200k can be applied for, which represents a maximum of 60% of the total project budget (40% of the budget must come from other sources). Requirement is for at least 3 partner organisations in 3 different countries
  • Large Co-operation Projects: Up to €2 m can be applied for, which represents a maximum of 50% of the total project budget (50% of the budget must come from other sources). Requirement is for at least 6 partners
  • Networks and Platforms: Up to €250k and €500k can be applied for Networks and Platforms respectively, which represents a maximum of 80% of the total project budget (20% of the budget must come from other sources)
  • Literary Translation: Up to €100k can be applied for, which represents a maximum of 50% of the eligible costs. New Partnership agreements allow for multiple years of funding

This is the programme for education, training, youth and sport and brings together seven different programmes from previous years (including the Lifelong Learning Programme). It supports exchanges of pupils, students, volunteers and workers, and the development of partnerships between education, training and youth institutions and organisations in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. ERASMUS+ also supports national efforts to modernise education, training, and youth systems. In the field of sport, there is support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

Up to 100% project funding is available through ERASMUS+ and, depending on which part of the programme you are accessing, projects must include partners from at least one other EU country.

Horizon 2020

This is a funding programme that brings together several of the previous programmes (including FP7 and Intelligent Energy Europe).

Up to 100% of direct project costs and 25% of indirect project costs are covered under this funding programme and projects require a minimum of 3 different partners from 3 different eligible countries.

H2020 Energy

Promoting EU renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) policies.

H2020 Smart Cities and Communities

Aimed at the urban areas of the EU and focusing on combining transport, energy and ICT

H2020 Blue Growth

Covering marine and maritime affairs and focusing on:

  • sustainably exploiting the diversity of marine life
  • new offshore challenges
  • exploitation of deep sea resources – deep sea mining (not in 2014-15)
  • ocean observation technologies/systems
  • socio-economic aspects

The Interreg programme is all about finding innovative ways to make the most of territorial assets and tackle shared problems of Member States, regions and other authorities. There are four programmes under which Hampshire is eligible to apply for funding, and each programme has slightly different priorities.

The Interreg 5a 2 Seas programme is a cross-border funding stream with the Pas de Calais region of France, West Flanders (Belgium) and the South West of the Netherlands. Priorities for the programme are:

  • Strengthening research, technological development & innovation
  • Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors
  • Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management
  • Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency

The funding rate will be 60% of project costs, with a small amount of funding possible for capital costs.

The first call for project proposals has now been launched. Project concept notes must be submitted by 16th February 2015, with feedback and the opening of the window for full applications (for successful projects) expected on 13th April. These must be submitted by 22nd June 2015, with the final decision on applications expected in October 2015. Subsequent calls will be launched in October 2015 and September 2016.

How to apply for Interreg 5a 2 Seas funding (includes further details on the programme and a link to the online application form).

Interreg 5a Channel is a cross-border funding stream with the North coast of France (except Pas de Calais). Funding of 65% (up to 85% for micro projects) of project costs is available for this funding streams and projects have to involve at least one partner from each eligible country. Priorities for this programme are:

  • Support innovation in order to address the economic and societal issues facing the area
  • Support the transition to a low-carbon economy in the area
  • Enhance the attractiveness of the territories of the area (focussing on cultural and natural heritage, green and blue infrastructure and ecosystem services)
  • Ensure a balanced and inclusive development across the area (focussing on economic and social regeneration and inclusion)

Interreg 5b North West Europe (NWE) covers the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Funding of up to 60% of project costs is available and projects must include at least 2 partners (and preferably around 9) from at least 2 (and preferably 4 or 5) eligible countries. The priorities for this programme are:

  • Enhance innovation capacity through international co-operation
  • Reduce GHG emissions and promote the low carbon economy
  • Improve resource efficiency through the implementation of new technologies, services, products and processes

It is proposed that applications for the above three funding streams will be in the form of a two-stage process, with a shorter length ‘concept note’ being submitted and evaluated before applicants are invited to complete a full application. For applications that are successful, there will be the opportunity to claim back costs incurred during the development phase of project applications.

The Interreg Europe programme covers the whole of the European Union, as well as Norway and Switzerland. Funding of up to 85% is available for projects, which require partners from across the eligible area. The priorities for this programme are:

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Low Carbon Economy
  • Environment and Resource Efficiency

The programme will launch in early December 2015 and the first call for proposals is expected in April 2015.

LIFE 2014-20

The LIFE 2014-20 programme is the EU’s financial instrument for the environment, aiming to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of environmental policy by co-financing projects with European added value.

LIFE 2014-20 funding has six priorities:

  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Environment and resource efficiency
  • Environmental governance and information
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate governance and information

There are five types of project that LIFE supports:

  • Traditional projects - may be best-practice, demonstration, pilot or information, awareness and dissemination projects
  • Preparatory projects (sub-programme for Environment only, not for Climate Action) – these projects address specific needs for the development and implementation of EU environmental or climate policy and legislation
  • Integrated projects (sub-programme for Environment, not for Climate Action) – these are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental or climate plans or strategies required by specific EU environmental or climate legislation, developed pursuant to other EU acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste, air and climate change mitigation and adaptation, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant EU, national or private funding source
  • Technical Assistance projects (sub-programme for Environment, not for Climate Action) – these provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare integrated projects
  • Capacity Building projects – these provide financial support to activities required to build the capacity of Member States, including LIFE national or regional contact points, with a view to enabling Member States to participate more effectively in the LIFE Programme

In the UK there are National Contact Points who can provide help and advice with project proposals.

Structural Funds

For the 2014-20 funding period, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) will be managed by the LEPs. Each LEP is developing a local plan for what the funds will be spent on. These will be signed off towards the end of 2014, with the funding being launched in 2015.

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The budget for the Enterprise M3 LEP is €45.5 million and for Solent LEP is €42.9 million over the 7 year period.

Funding of up to 50% funding of project costs is available through these funding stream. Projects focus on activity in the UK and do not have to involve partners from other EU countries or from elsewhere in the UK.

Technical Assistance, Advice, Support and Brokerage for EU Funding Opportunities for projects in the EM3 LEP area

Hampshire County Council is working with other partners in the Enterprise M3 LEP area to provide advice, support and brokerage to prospective applicants for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). This activity is being funded from the EU’s Technical Assistance programme.

I am considering applying for ERDF or ESF funding for projects in the EM3 LEP area. What support can you offer me and how can I access it?

Each time EM3 LEP issues a new funding call for ERDF or ESF, we will hold a workshop to provide more information about the types of projects we are looking for, as well as opportunities to network with similar providers to explore the potential to form project consortia. All workshops are advertised on Enterprise M3 LEP’s ‘Events’ page: You can see which funding calls are open locally with the Government’s Funding Finder. Calls will also be advertised on social media.

There may also be additional information available alongside the workshops, for example, video presentations or written documents setting out the funding specification and the criteria that applications will be expected to meet. All information provided locally will focus on strategic fit of projects, while advice on technical compliance and procurement matters is provided by the Managing Authority (the Department for Communities and Local Government for ERDF and the Department for Work and Pensions for ESF). All available information will be highlighted in the event advertisement.

Where appropriate, we may hold consultation exercises locally to gather input into the types of calls we should be developing to address the needs of this area. These will also be advertised at

If you would like to speak to somebody for advice on issues such as timing of calls, strategic fit with the local ESIF strategy, eligibility of match-funding etc., you can speak to a member of the local Technical Assistance Partnership. Email and someone will get back to you.

Am I eligible for support?

This support is aimed at a wide range of beneficiaries: businesses (including social enterprises), business networks, local authorities, universities and colleges, not-for-profit organisations and the voluntary sector. You don’t need to be located within the Enterprise M3 LEP area to be eligible, but your potential project will need to serve this area (please see map below).

Enterprise M3 KEO area