EU funding available to support growth of the Creative Industries

A combined total of £3 m is being made available through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme to exploit the high growth potential of the Creative Industries, one of the fastest growing sectors in the region, and a recognised growth sector both in the UK and globally.

The funding is being made available through both the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The alignment of the two funding streams aims to provide a holistic approach to support businesses and individuals working within, or wishing to enter, the creative industries. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit linked proposals to both ERDF and ESF funds.

Councillor Julian German, member of the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) Board which is responsible for overseeing the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Programme, said: ‘Building on previous investments in infrastructure such as superfast broadband, this combined ERDF and ESF investment is crucial in achieving our ambition to grow the creative industries sector to provide high value jobs, promote learning and foster a strong sense of place. As with any potential growth sector, continued growth will only be sustained if the necessary skills and capacity are in place at the right time.’

Full detail about this funding opportunity and the application process can be found at https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds?keywords=&location%5B%5D=south-west

Further information about the European Regional Development Fund can be found at http://www.erdfconvergence.org.uk/growth-programme/erdf

Further information about the European Social Fund can be found at http://www.erdfconvergence.org.uk/growth-programme/esf

Editor’s notes

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme is part of the England Growth Programme, which will run from 2014-2020.  Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the only area in England to qualify as a ‘Less Developed’ region and has an allocation of €603.7million which is split as follows:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) €438 million

European Social Fund (ESF) €166 million    

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) has an allocation of £10 million in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, aligned with the wider England Growth Programme. 

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Thursday 10 December 2015