European funding and policy
We work with partner organisations in the UK and in Europe to access funds to support people and communities in Devon. We also aim to raise awareness of EU funding opportunities so that other organisations in Devon can benefit.
Our European role includes monitoring and influencing EU policy and legislation.
See the latest Devon EU Briefing: March 2014 – a roundup of current EU activity in Devon.
A major source of EU funding for 2014-2020 will be through the European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy for the Heart of the South West. The new draft strategy sets out the priorities for investing our allocation of over £116m from Europe to support economic growth across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset.
There are also several EU funding programmes to encourage international co-operation or support projects with a European dimension, for example there is funding to support collaborative research projects involving several EU countries, and grants for environmental initiatives to preserve protected species or habitats which are significant at EU level.
Please note that in early 2014 there will be only limited EU funding opportunities while the funds under the 2007-2013 EU budget come to an end and before the new funds for 2014-2020 have started.
For a quick guide to the new EU programmes due to start this year, see EU funds 2014-2020.
News of the latest EU funding opportunities can be found at Devon Funding News.
Businesses in Devon can access a range of support and advice on doing business in Europe – including accessing EU funding – through Enterprise Europe South West.
Our current EU-funded projects include:
Making it local
We host the Blackdown Hills & East Devon ‘Making it Local‘ programme, an EU/Defra-funded grants scheme to support rural businesses and communities.
We are partners in the €2m SEACS project which is creating opportunities for people in the UK and France to reduce their energy consumption and use clean/renewable energy where possible.
We are one of eleven partners in the €4.7m VALMER project which involves assessing the value of the benefits we receive from the marine environment in order to improve its management.
We monitor and respond to EU policy proposals, particularly where there are likely to be implications for the Devon economy.
Current areas of interest include the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, proposals for UK Assisted Areas 2014-2020, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the new EU Procurement Directive.
There is more information on the Local Government Association website about how EU policy and legislation affects councils.