EU Funding Collaboration Directory - Devon County Council (Economy & Enterprise Service)
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Devon County Council's Economy & Enterprise Service comprises a dynamic and experienced team covering a wide-ranging portfolio that includes highly relevant work streams around employability & skills (including digital), business support (including support for social enterprise), economic research, EU funding and partnerships. Our team is extremely well-connected both strategically and operationally regarding support for economic growth & inclusion across Devon and the wider Heart of the South West geography. In the interim period, ahead of ESF calls and in response to welfare changes, the team has developed and runs the Community Impact Support Scheme (CISS) (https://new.devon.gov.uk/communities/CISS). CISS offers one-off grants to social economy organisations to increase their sustainability, resilience and capacity, in recognition that they are well placed to deliver support to vulnerable people of working age most affected by the welfare reforms, and move them to a position of greater independence & self-reliance. Experience, evidence and contacts developed through the CISS in particular, as well as our wider work, would be brought to the table to add value where possible to partnership projects under BBO as well as future ESF calls. CISS is just one example of many, and has been recognised by the Cabinet Office as an innovative response to challenges facing organisations in our social economy as they become increasingly relied upon, in the face of reducing public sector budgets, to provide pre-/employment support. The Economy Service is keen to see this work continued in some form whether directly or indirectly. Engagement and potential partnership with others through the BBO funding stream is therefore seen as a key opportunity. Furthermore, as part of a large public sector organisation experienced in delivering EU-funded projects, we have the necessary expertise and systems in place in-house to offer a potential accountable body role for partnership projects.
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