Calls are expected to be launched early in the new year via the National Reserve Fund. The reserve fund will draw together the remaining unused ERDF LEP area allocations into a new ‘fund’, operating at national level. England-wide calls will be launched at Priority Axis level, with separate amounts of money identified for each ‘category of region’. The calls are likely to be launched under the following themes:
- SME COMPETITIVENESS
- LOW CARBON
- PRESERVING & PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Preserving and Protecting the Environment will be a new opportunity for Tees Valley. Activity is likely to be around protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil, and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure. Also, promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution.
There is no further detail available yet however it might be worth starting to think about potential project ideas for any of the areas above.
MHCLG Practitioner Network Bulletin
MHCLG produce a regular Practitioner Bulletin. To find out about the new ERDF calls as soon as they are launched together with other useful articles/information sign up to receive this bulletin at Practitioner Network Bulletin. This link takes you to the last bulletin published which also includes an article on the Reserve Fund.
There may also may calls under the National Reserve Fund for ESF. Further details to be provided as soon as they are available.
Tees Valley EAFRD Calls are still open. The deadline is 16 February 2020. Further information can be found here.