Building Better Opportunities

        

Building Better Opportunities

One East Midlands is working on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund in the D2N2 LEP area to raise awareness within the voluntary and community and social enterprise sector of the opportunities available through the European Social Fund.

We are one of 36 organisations across England providing advice and guidance on the European funding that will be matched by the Big Lottery Fund in their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas and will be available from 2015.  This programme is called Building Better Opportunities and will be available from 2015.

In the D2N2 LEP area this work will take forward the priorities identified in the Social Inclusion Framework for D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) to:

  • Further engage with and gather wider opinion from organisations across the D2N2 area on the framework:
  • Raise awareness of the EU SIF opportunities available with the Big Lottery Fund opt-in;
  • Prepare VCSE organisations intending to bid for this opportunity;
  • Identify and support the initial foundations of partnership building; and
  • Develop a shared vision and approaches between the LEP and the VCSE sector to tackle social inclusion that enables inclusive economic development and growth.

For further information on this project contact Rachel Quinn, Chief Executive of One East Midlands, on 0115 934 8471 or at rachelquinn@one-em.org.uk.

This page contains regularly updated information about the 3 programme opportunities available in the D2N2 area through the Big Lottery Fund Building Better Opportunities funding programme.

If you are a potential lead applicant or delivery partner you can find contact details for interested project partners on the contact lists below.  If you would like to add or remove your contact details to/from any of these lists please contact us on 0115 934 8371 or email sandracasey@one-em.org.uk.

Please check this page regularly as further information will be added as soon as it becomes available. 

Further information about D2N2 LEP can also be found at http://www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/d2n2lep


D2N2 Community Programme – invitation to respond (deadline Friday 21st August)

In its European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Strategy, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership set out its intention to deploy a portion of its notional allocation of ESIF funds into a community programme to facilitate community level solutions to very local economic development issues.  This community programme allocation includes funds which could be invested across a wide range of activities including business start up and growth, low carbon initiatives, skills and employability and combating social exclusion.

One East Midlands has been asked by D2N2 Local Economic Partnership to commence research into the need and scope for such a Community Programme to meet the economic needs of local areas across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  In order to do this it is vital that we seek the widest possible range of views about local needs, current provision and preferred delivery models before we can make informed recommendations to the D2N2 ESIF Programme Board in September 2015.

We are inviting organisations with an interest in the development of any such community-focussed economic development programme for the D2N2 LEP area to send their comments in order to ensure that any programme arising meets local need and builds on existing local opportunities.

Prior to completing the survey you may find it helpful to read our background information that summarises the scope of the project and its strategic fit.  Links to the project rationale, D2N2 Delivery Principles and the summary of existing planned activity across D2N2 are below as Annexe A, B and C.

Thank you for your time in completing this template.  We look forward to receiving your response at the earliest opportunity.  Final deadline for responses is 21st August 2015 however earlier responses are welcomed to enable us to progress our advice to D2N2 quickly.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to organisations in your networks that may also have a useful perspective to share.

Developing the D2N2 Community Programme - survey questions

Developing the D2N2 Community Programme - annexe A Scope

Developing the D2N2 Community Programme - annexe B Delivery Principles

Developing the D2N2 Community Programme - annexe C Implementation summary


Joint Statement by the Social Inclusion Consortium and D2N2 People First

The Social Inclusion Consortum and the D2N2 People First Consortium have issued a joint statement on working together. 


Towards Work - supporting excluded people towards employment with particular focus on women returners, older people (55yrs plus) and young people not engaging with other programmes

One East Midlands ran a networking session on Thursday 14th May to bring together potential lead bodies and delivery partners under the theme of Towards Work.  Four organisations identified themselves as interested in the role of lead body – D2N2 People First Consortium, Social Inclusion Consortium, Enable and the College Consortium (see download section for more information on the organisations and contact details)

Resources from the event can be found below and in the download section at the bottom of the page.

The event was attended by around 60 delegates, of which 45 organisations advised that they are interested in working under the theme of Towards Work.  This list has now been updated to include additional organisations who were unable to attend the event but have expressed their interest in this theme.

Organisations interested in the Towards Work theme - lead and delivery (updated 7/7/15)

D2N2 People First Consortia Expression of Interest (deadline 18/6/15) - please note this expression of interest is ONLY for the Towards Work theme on behalf of the D2N2 People First Consortia

Social Inclusion Consortium Expression of Interest and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire - deadline 26/6/15 - please note this expression of interest is ONLY on behalf of the Social Inclusion Consortium (for any/all of the three strands - Towards Work, Multiple & Complex Needs and Financial Inclusion)

PeoplePlus Expression of Interest - deadline 15/7/15 - please note this expression of interest is ONLY on behalf of PeoplePlus (for any/all of the three strands - Towards Work, Multiple & Complex Needs and Financial Inclusion)


Multiple & Complex Needs

One East Midlands ran a networking session on Tuesday 19th May to bring together potential lead bodies and delivery partners under the theme of Multiple & Complex Needs.  Two organisations identified themselves as interested in the role of lead body – D2N2 People First Consortium and the Social Inclusion Consortium (see download section for more information on the organisations and contact details)

Resources from the event can be found below and in the download section at the bottom of the page.

The event was attended by around 50 delegates, of which 28 organisations advised that they are interested in working under the theme of Multiple & Complex Needs.  This list has now been updated to include additional organisations who were unable to attend the event but have expressed their interest in this theme.

Organisations interested in the Multiple & Complex Needs theme - lead and delivery partners (updated 7/7/15)

Social Inclusion Consortium Expression of Interest and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire - deadline 26/6/15 - please note this expression of interest is ONLY on behalf of the Social Inclusion Consortium (for any/all of the three strands - Towards Work, Multiple & Complex Needs and Financial Inclusion)

D2N2 People First Expression of Interest - deadline 6/7/15 - please note this expression of interest is ONLY on behalf of the D2N2 People First Consortium for the Multiple & Complex Needs strand

PeoplePlus Expression of Interest - deadline 15/7/15 - please note this expression of interest is ONLY on behalf of PeoplePlus (for any/all of the three strands - Towards Work, Multiple & Complex Needs and Financial Inclusion)


Financial Inclusion

One East Midlands ran a networking session on Wednesday 27th May to bring together potential lead bodies and delivery partners under the theme of Financial Inclusion.  Two organisations identified themselves as interested in the role of lead body – Social Inclusion Consortium and D2N2 People First Consortium (see download section for more information on the organisations and contact details) 

Resources from the event can be found below and in the download section at the bottom of the page.

The event was attended by around 50 delegates, of which 31 organisations advised that they are interested in working under the theme of Financial Inclusion.  This list has now been updated to include additional organisations who were unable to attend the event but have expressed their interest in this theme.

Organisations interested in the Financial Inclusion theme - lead and delivery partners (updated 7/7/15)

Social Inclusion Consortium Expression of Interest and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire - deadline 26/6/15 - please note this expression of interest is ONLY on behalf of the Social Inclusion Consortium (for any/all of the three strands - Towards Work, Multiple & Complex Needs and Financial Inclusion)

D2N2 People First Consortia Expression of Interest (deadline 30/6/15) - please note this expression of interest is ONLY for the Financial Inclusion theme on behalf of the D2N2 People First Consortia

PeoplePlus Expression of Interest - deadline 15/7/15 - please note this expression of interest is ONLY on behalf of PeoplePlus (for any/all of the three strands - Towards Work, Multiple & Complex Needs and Financial Inclusion)


D2N2 Building Better Opportunities Technical Workshop: Preparing for Monitoring and Audit 24/6/15

Following the launch of Big Lottery Fund’s Building Better Opportunities programme, One East Midlands Programme Development support for the D2N2 LEP area now draws to a close.  To finalise our support offer One East Midlands presented a one day technical workshop to deliver up-to-date information and advice to potential lead applicants. The event was delivered in collaboration with BIG Lottery Fund and the BBO ESF Support Team.   The Support Team is a partnership between accountants Baker Tilly and Ecorys UK. The team provides support on working under ESF rules and regulations including eligibility, record-keeping, reporting, publicity and cross-cutting themes. The purpose of this support is to increase the capability of organisations to handle European funds, both under the current BBO programme and in the future. The workshops at the event provided more detail about the BBO programme and focused upon the key considerations necessary to effectively apply for and manage the requirements of BBO, including:

-          The BBO programme – process beyond stage 1

-          ESF eligibility and financial requirements

-          EU Promotion and Procurement rules

-          Sharing useful tools and resources

This event was targeted at those who are considering whether to apply for BBO funding. As the opportunity to engage with the support team at this early stage is rare, the event was opened to other BBO areas across the country. 

The event took place on Wednesday 24th June at Erewash CVS Granville Centre, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 4HD

Presentations from the event:

Building Better Opportunities update presentation 24/6/15

Building Better Opportunities European Social Fund Support Team presentation 24/6/15

You can visit www.bboesfsupport.com to access guidance on ESF requirements as they become available and to register for updates

Downloads: