An introduction to European funding

As competition for UK funding becomes fiercer, many - who have until now been able to manage without - are now considering European funding as a viable alternative. This course offers an introduction to the funding available directly from the European Commission. (Note, it does NOT cover structural funds managed by the UK government such as ERDF or ESF.)

"An Introduction to European Funding" is an ideal initiation for anyone who is new to the workings of the EC and who is considering applying for the first time for funding direct from Europe.

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Who is the course for and what will it offer?

Staff in any organisation considering applying for EU funding beyond the UK administered structural funds will benefit from attending this course, including: local authorities; colleges and universities; housing associations; police forces; fire services; and the voluntary and community sectors.

Delegates attending the course will be furnished with the tools they need to research and develop a winning EU grant application.

Please contact a member of the training team to discuss your requirements further, on 0870 333 7101 or email

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About the course provider

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“I found a lot of the information useful for ongoing applications. What I enjoyed most about the course was our participation was sought and we were able to relate the exercises to our own projects. Excellent.” 
Katie Nial, Funding and Investment Officer, Northampton Borough Council

“Informal and interactive and a potentially ‘dry’ subject was made interesting.” 
Ian Ayres, Business Development Director, Groundwork Solent

Typical Programme Outline

10-30 – 11.00 Setting the Scene

  • Are You Funding Ready? (with exercise)
  • The Project Idea
  • The EU’s Objectives

11.00 – 11.50 Working With Partners

  • What makes a good partner? (with exercise)
  • Identifying partners and partner databases
  • Meeting with partners

11.50 – 12.15 Identifying Funding

12.15 – 1.15 Lunch

1.15 – 2.30 Bid Preparation 
2.30 – 2.45 Writing a Successful Bid 
2.45 – 3.00 Dissemination (with exercise)

3.00 – 3.15 Round up and follow-on support

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to identify relevant EU funding programmes
  • Understanding of what qualities are needed in an ideal partner
  • Understanding of how to identify policy drivers
  • Understanding of the principles of a good work plan
  • Better understanding of impacts and what makes a good bid
  • Knowledge of how to disseminate findings

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We are committed to ensuring:

  • Our marketing information and course material is easy to understand.
  • Learning outcomes are specified.
  • Our delegates receive follow-on support after the course has taken place.
  • High-quality training where the content of the course is always appropriate for the audience.
  • Our material is updated to reflect changing needs.

Contact Us

To find out more please contact our Training department on 0870 333 7101, email or click here to contact us online.

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