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VONNE Conference: LEPs, European funding and the VCS

With over €700million coming to the North East through European funding and a significant amount of this earmarked for social inclusion, it is crucial the VCS has a voice in shaping how such money is spent. The 2 Local Enterprise Partnerships are currently preparing strategies for government on how this should be invested. This conference is your chance to hear about the programme, learn how the VCS can influence this and help set local priorities.

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Nov 14, 2013
from 11:00 am to 05:00 pm


The Castlegate Centre Melbourne Street NE1 Newcastle upon Tyne

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The Government has proposed that LEPs will play a key role in the next programme for European Structural Funds (2014-2020) by setting the strategic direction and framework for the new programme in local areas. The emphasis of the funds is to achieve job creation and poverty reduction.

With around 20% of the ESF funding set to be invested in activities which address social exclusion and combat poverty, the VCS has a huge role to play in setting this agenda. And with charitable funders already looking at innovative ways to offer match funding for this, there is a significant chance for the VCS to shape and deliver the programme.

VONNE has been working with the two LEPs to help prepare their outline strategies ready for submission. We have been reinforcing the sector’s role to play as strategic partners and delivery partners. This will continue over the coming months as the LEPs prepare for final submission of the strategy in July 2014, with spend to start as early as Summer 2014.

This conference is a must-attend for anyone with an interest in promoting social inclusion, economic regeneration and combating poverty. It is the chance to start your thinking about what role you may play in delivering this ambitious programme.

Read VONNE’s briefing paper on the new EU programme

Who should attend?

Chief Executives and senior staff of voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises from across the North East region.

€700million reasons to attend

  • Keynote speakers to inspire thought and discussion
  • The latest updates on the European funding strategies
  • Breakout groups on thematic priorities
  • Networking opportunities<
  • Meet representatives from both LEPs developing the strategy

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