Civil Society

What is Civil Society Involvement?

CSI works for all third sector organisations involved in European funding programmes to facilitate a healthy exchange of knowledge and make sure that their voice is heard at national level.

We want to work collaboratively to unpack the issues which third sector organisations are facing within the current ESIF programme and make sure that European funding is as accessible as possible for the remaining 2014-2020 programme.

This will be achieved through skilled representation at the Growth Programme Board and its nine national sub-committees, to ensure that current issues are addressed.

A significant part of this work will be to contribute to and influence discussions around funding post BREXIT, such as the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and any other legacy funds.

Our Partners

The programme is led by The Women’s Organisation, with the Workers Educational Association (WEA) and Citizens’ Advice Halton working as project partners. As national organisations the project partners have reach into diverse communities, which will be instrumental to the success of the programme.

ESF Technical Assistance Programme

The project is receiving funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. The CSI project will run from January 2018 – December 2020 and is invested in programme delivery until 2023.

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