FAQs

If you have a question we have not addressed below, please do not hesitate to give us a call or use our form

Once the fundinng period has finished have new funds been identified to continue projects?

Further funds have not been identified at this stage for for post EU funding although we will keep up to date with any new initiatives. The Funding Support Worker will also be able to help you with future fund raising straegies to leave a legacy for the CLLD PEAT Project.

About

What is Community Led Local Development?

Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programmes put the power of change in the hands of the people.  In the past, communities have been ‘done to’ – that is organisations have come into the area and delivered projects that they think the community wants.  CLLD programmes take a bottom up approach, funding those projects that have listened to the needs of the communities in which they will operate. 

What is the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)?

ESIF aims to reduce disparities in income, wealth and opportunities, through the provision of grant funding.  

What is European Social Fund (ESF)

ESF is an ESI Fund that raises skills, job prospects and promotes inclusion.  

What is European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

ERDF is an ESI Fund that contributes to sustainable and inclusive growth by supporting and promoting sme’s 

Who can apply for funding?

Organisations who are formally constituted and able to provide a copy of their organisations constitution, memorandum and articles of association/ rules or registration numbers at application stage. This may include the following: 

  • Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations 
  • Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises 
  • Community Interest Companies 
  • Registered Charities
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee, Companies Limited by Shares 
  • Parish or Town Councils
  • Local Authorities
  • Higher and Further Education establishments 
     

Where can I find out more about the programmes outputs?

The PEAT Project is a match funded programme that will, over the course of its lifetime, fund interventions that will achieve certain outputs. These outputs depend on whether the funding used is ESF or ERDF monies.

More infomation can be found in the Local Development Strategy, but the below table provides a breakdown of the outputs and results by programme and individual objective.

Fund

Output/Result

Objective 1

Objective 2

Objective 3

Objective 4

Objective 5

Total

ERDF

Number of enterprises receiving support

23

 

 

23

10

56

ERDF

Number of new enterprises supported

15

 

 

16

8

39

ERDF

Employment increase in supported enterprises

17

 

 

17

8

42

ERDF

Number of potential entrepreneurs assisted to be enterprise ready

63

 

 

62

31

156

ESF

Total participants

 

507

448

 

112

1067

ESF

Unemployed including long term unemployed

 

355

314

 

79

748

ESF

Inactive participants

 

127

112

 

28

267

ESF

Participants over 50 years of age

 

86

76

 

19

181

ESF

Participants who are ethnic minorities

 

186

166

 

41

393

ESF

Participants with disabilities

 

120

107

 

27

254

ESF

Participants in education or training upon leaving

 

97

85

 

21

203

ESF

Unemployed participants into employment (including self-employment) upon leaving

 

57

50

 

13

120

ESF

Inactive participants into employment or job search upon leaving

 

37

32

 

8

77

How does BREXIT affect the programme?

Current guidance states that in the event of a No – Deal BREXIT, ESIF funds will not be negatively impacted due to guarantees in place by UK government. 
 

Application Process

Application Top Tips

DO…

READ THE DOCUMENTS
The guidance documents, Local Development Strategy and Call Specifications all provide important and relevant information that will help you understand the CLLD programme, the needs, and its areas. This information is there to guide you in ensuring your idea is a fit for the Wakefield CLLD programme.

RESEARCH THE AREA
Wakefield’s CLLD programme is designed to ensure a bottom up approach to delivery. It is important that all projects coming forward for consideration can demonstrate a clear community need for the intervention they are proposing to deliver. This can take the form of market research, consultations, or proven experience. No matter how you justify your idea, you must evidence the need.

ACCESS SUPPORT
Support is available from the project team throughout the application process. Whilst we will not write the application for you, we are here to help you develop your ideas, understand the CLLD programme, and navigate the application process. We are here to help, whether on a 1:1 or group basis.

BE CLEAR
Be precise about what you will do, who you will support, and provide a clear rationale for your intervention and how it meets the needs of the community and the LDS.

CO-PRODUCE WHERE POSSIBLE
Smaller organisations in particular would be wise to bear this in mind. CLLD programmes are designed to support local needs. Often, smaller, locally based groups and organisations have a clear understanding of the local community issues, but may price themselves out of delivering a project as they can’t, in isolation, secure sufficient match. Partnerships between groups are encouraged as, where groups can come together, co-develop an idea and share resources, they can together secure sufficient match funding to deliver a project that is both locally rooted and locally beneficial.

 

DON’T…

GET CARRIED AWAY
All of the Objectives have significant budgets attached to them, but this money is there to have an impact in a number of areas. Cost out your project, being realistic about the actual amount it will cost to deliver the intervention. Equally, there is a strict application process that must be followed. If a project is approved at the full application stage, there is still a contracting process that must be followed. Don’t start spending or delivering until a project has been fully approved and a contract signed.

BE UNREALISTIC
You may have a potential client base of 300 people, but these will not all necessarily engage with you, and if they did, you may not have the capacity to deal with them all!  Instead, ensure project milestones strike a balance between achievability and value for money.

Why isn’t my area included?

The areas included in Wakefield’s CLLD programme are within – or are adjacent to, the to 20% most deprived areas of England.  The areas themselves are former coal mining communities, with a history of having regeneration ‘done to’ them over the years, with negligible success.

How long does the application process take?

Applicants are advised that there is a two stage application process in place for the programme – an Outline Application and a Full Application.  Only applications successful at the outline stage will progress to full application.
All applications will be considered at the next available Local Action Group meeting, held throughout the year (see below).  
For Outline applications, it is recommended that applicants wishing to have their application considered at the next available LAG submit the EOI no later than 14 days prior to the next LAG meeting.
Where an application is being submitted for consideration at the full application stage, it is recommended that applicants submit the full application no later than 28 days prior to the next LAG meeting.

Can we continue an existing project using CLLD funding?

CLLD will not fund the simple continuation of an existing project. Your CLLD project would need to be a clearly demonstrable development from an existing project, for example increasing access to new participant groups or offering new services/training opportunities 

Is there a minimum number of hours / weeks that a CLLD participant has to be supported for?

For ESF projects there is no hard and fast rule because CLLD programmes need to be personalised and flexible wherever possible to meet each participant’s needs. However, applicants will be expected to describe their programme and activities within a CLLD bid, including indicative duration and contact time. This will form the basis of a value for money judgement and subsequent quality and performance management arrangements.  

However, for ERDF projects a beneficiary must be supported for at least 12 hours in order to meet the count threshold of a business/individual supported.

LAG

Can I become a LAG member?

Whilst we are always happy to meet and talk to people willing to support the PEAT project and their communities, at this time we are not accepting applications to become a LAG member.

Further information on the process will be made available here, should a vacancy arise.

What is a Local Action Group?

The Local Action Group (LAG) is a group of residents, VCS leaders, elected members and business owners that, collectively, represent the CLLD communities.  They shape the programme, designing funding calls that meet the needs and challenges of the CLLD areas, and make decisions on which projects to allocate funding to. 

In addition to giving their time to the PEAT Project, each LAG member also supports their community whether through work, volunteering or leadership. 

 

When are the LAG meetings?

LAG meetings are held every 6 weeks.  For 2019, the following dates apply;

  • 11 April 2019
  • 23 May 2019
  • 04 July 2019
  • 05 September 2019
  • 26 September 2019
  • 07 November 2019

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, these dates may be subject to change.  All applicants will be informed of any delays to their application being considered, where a LAG meeting is changed.  
 

Match Funding

What is match funding?

Wakefield’s CLLD programme the PEAT Project does not fund 100% of a projects delivery costs.  All applicants are required to contribute to the cost of delivering the project.  This is known as match funding.  The amount of match funding required depends on whether the project will use ESF or ERDF money.  Where ESF money is used, applicants are required to provide 50% of the projects costs with the remaining 50% coming from the PEAT Project.  Where ERDF money is used, applicants are required to provide 40% of the project costs, with the remaining 60% coming from the PEAT Project.  For more information on match funding, please contact a member of the PEAT Project Team.

When does the match funding have to be confirmed and in place?

Match funding will need to be confirmed and in place before an organisation signs a CLLD contract with Wakefield Council. Applicants submitting bids with unsecured match would only receive a conditional offer, which would be withdrawn if the match was not subsequently confirmed.

Can we use staff-time as match funding?

Yes.  Please speak to a member of the Project Team to discuss this further.

Have a question or idea to discuss?

Then​​​​​​​ why not get in touch

Want to know more about PEAT?

We'd love to talk to you about the programme, and are always happy to discuss your project ideas.  Feel free to contact us at PEATProject@wakefield.gov.uk, use the enquiry form or call us on the number below. 

Call 01924 302323