Networking and Partnership Opportunities

Please note – if you have already completed the ESF survey circulated some time ago by CERT there is no need to complete this one – we have saved your responses and unless anything has changed since you completed it we can use your previous version


Building Better Opportunities


As you are no doubt aware in 2015 a new programme of European Funding will be available in the Humber Region.

This is particularly exciting for third sector organisations because substantial amounts of funding have been identified to be used for Social Inclusion Activities.

Subject to approval from the European Commission later this year, Big Lottery Fund is planning to put up to £260m of Lottery funds against a similar figure from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 in order to support communities and people most in need across England. In this area this equates to around £7.1 m matched up to £14.2m

Big Lottery are offering funding for projects delivering against the ‘Promoting Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty’ part of ESF, as this aligns well with their own mission and priorities.

The funding will be delivered in Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities, which have been set by the LEPs, and could support projects ranging from improving employability for the most disadvantaged, helping those with multiple and complex needs, or improving financial literacy.

We know from past experience that sometimes the way these major programmes are delivered make it difficult for smaller organisations to get involved and CERT have been asked to try and open up opportunities for smaller organisations to get involved in the delivery of the programme this time round.

There have already been a number of consultation events designed to find out which organisations would be interested in delivering projects, how the sector sees itself getting involved and looking at the barriers to that involvement.

CERT have been talking to organisations who have expressed an interest in delivering under the programme and it is starting to become clear that many do not, on their own, have the experience or capacity to deliver the sort of size and scale of project that is likely to be eligible for funding under the new programme.

To this end we are arranging a number of informal gatherings where potentially like- minded organisations can be updated on the progress of the Humber bid and more importantly gain an opportunity to discuss their ambitions and potentially make contact with potential partners either in their own locality or across the Humber.

If you want to get involved we would be grateful if you could complete the form by following the link below or by visiting our website ( so that we can try and match organisations/themes/areas of work and geographies (it’s a big ask but we will do our best!).

The form needs to be completed by the end of February.


Neil King