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European Funding

The European Structural Funds Programmes are targeted at regenerating some of the most challenged urban and rural areas of the West Midlands, and providing support for reskilling and retraining its workforce.

The European Union supports poorer regions of Member States by providing funds to help them regenerate their economies and create new jobs. There are three funding programmes known collectively as structural funds: More information on the national picture

Funds from the 2000 to 2006 European Funding Programmes are administered by the Government Office for the West Midlands in partnership with key strategic organisations in the region. The West Midlands region was awarded over £575 million of Structural Funds money under the Objective 2 Programme. Together with the £325 million available under Objective 3, there was a total of £900 million available.

European Structural Funding is helping the West Midlands to boost its economic performance and improve the daily lives of the people who live, work and visit the region. From Birmingham and the Black Country in the centre, to Coventry and Warwickshire in the east, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire in the west and Staffordshire in the north, hundreds of projects in the West Midlands are benefiting from the Objective 2 and Objective 3 Programmes.

For more information go to the different sections shown on the left hand menu.

Latest News

PLEASE NOTE A revised Statement of Grant Usage (Expenditure) ERDF80 Nov 08 has been issued (attached with guidance). The ERDF80 is for projects (Non LAs) to be certified by reporting accountants and also for projects (LA) to be certified by an auditor not appointed by the Audit Commission. The revision should be used with immediate effect , however, any completed Statements already with accountants/auditors should be accepted.
To download the above documents please go to: Objective 2/Forms/Related documents 
UPDATE on the retention of documents for the 1997-99 ESF Programme
The latest position regarding the retention of documentation for the 1997-99 ESF series of programmes are shown. Please note that the dates on the revised document are ESF destuction dates only.

Please select the 'Retention of ESF Documents 1997 - 1999 Programmes 2' in the Related Documents section below.

New European Commission reference rate announced for the UK from 1st October 2007

Projects which are using commercial reference rates for loans to avoid their assistance being a state aid, must increase the interest on their loans from October from 5.9% to 6.83% for secured loans and from 9.9% to 10.83% for unsecured loans due to a change in the Commission's agreed reference rate for the United Kingdom.

For more information please select the 'European Commission Notification Letter - Reference Rate October 07' link located under the 'Related Documents' below.

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European Funding Team
5 St Philip's Place
Colmore Row
B3 2PW
tel: 0121 352 5050
fax: 0121 352 5188
email: euro.funding@gowm.gsi.gov.uk

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