Please note that programme details for the 2021-2027 framework are forthcoming and the information below relates to programmes from the 2014-2020 framework; however, there may currently be open funding calls for this programme.
These funds allow for collaboration between neighbouring regions and focus on community and business innovation; entrepreneurship and increasing competitiveness of various regions; renewable energy, shared environmental challenges, and climate change; and promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage.
Ireland Wales Fund - connects organisations, businesses and communities on the West coast of Wales with the Southeast coast of Ireland.
Interreg Northern Periphery Programme - Addresses shared challenges and opportunities in the Euro-Arctic zone including Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland) in cooperation with the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway.
Interreg VA - supports European territorial cooperation between eligible regions in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland around a range of issues from access to transport, health and social care services, environmental issues and enterprise development.
Peace IV Programme - supports peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland, including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo.
Want to find out more?
Follow the links above to visit the websites and find out more about interregional funding opportunities for your organisation.
Interreg Europe: Call for additional activities
The aim of the call is to provide new opportunities to our 258 approved projects to exchange experiences on the way the COVID-19 crisis impacts the issue they address and to further improve their regional development policies to better face the current challenges.
This opportunity may be particularly relevant to the 1st and 2nd call projects because they had finalized their phase 1 when the COVID-19 crisis started.
Deadline: 2 July 2021, 14:00 Brussels time
Eligibility & Programme Detail
At the present time, the COVID-19 crisis continues all over Europe. It does not only have consequences on the economy but it affects more or less directly all fields of regional development policies. Therefore, in addition to the measures already taken in 20201, the Interreg Europe monitoring committee has decided to launch a call for additional activities in order to further help approved projects to deal with the crisis. This exceptional measure offers the possibility for approved projects:
- to further exchange experiences on the way the crisis impacts the issue they address and on possible measures to face and recover from the crisis,
- to further improve their regional development policies to better face and recover from this unprecedented situation.
Timing of the call
The call for additional activities opens on 1 April 2021 and closes on 2 July 2021 at 14:00 CEST (Paris time). The date of opening is the date by when the ‘Application form for additional activities’ will be available and by when the joint secretariat (JS) can start advising projects on the present call. The JS assistance will be available until the call closes.
Since applications will be approved on a rolling basis until available funds are committed, the call may be closed earlier in case the total ERDF amount available for this call is allocated before 2 July 2021.
The amount available for this call is estimated at around MEUR 20 and EUR 200,000 Norwegian funds, corresponding to the estimated remaining programme funding available for interregional projects taking into account expected project budget reductions and underspending.
The maximum recommended ERDF budget of a request is EUR 500,000 per project.
Who can apply?
The present call is open to all 258 approved projects (including closed projects3) and projects from all calls are welcome to apply. The present opportunity may be of particular interest to the 1st and 2nd call projects for the following reasons:
- When the crisis started in March 2020, all 1st and 2nd call projects had already closed their phase 14. Therefore, they could not benefit from the first COVID-19 measures taken in 2020 for their exchange of experience process. At the beginning of 2021, these projects are either closed or under finalisation and they are expected to have made full use of their budget. They have neither the time nor the budget to carry out additional measures to face the COVID-19 crisis and this call is thus their only possibility to continue cooperating.
- In comparison, 3rd and 4th call projects are still running for several months/ years and their level of underspending may be high due to the crisis5. With the measures taken in 2020, these projects can already propose additional activities to be financed through their unspent budget. Moreover and regardless of the present call, these projects can also be granted additional funds for implementing pilot actions in case their initial budget is not sufficient.
The scope of this call for additional activities is therefore different according to the calls to which the projects belong as reflected below:
- Opportunity offered to 1st and 2nd call projects
Possibility to apply for additional funding to support up to one additional year of exchange of experience activities (including pilot actions if justified) to address the COVID-19 crisis. This additional time will be reflected through an extension of duration.
- Opportunity offered to 3rd and 4th call projects
Possibility to apply for additional funding to implement exchange of experience activities (including pilot actions if justified) to address the COVID-19 crisis, in case unspent budget and pilot actions procedures are not sufficient to do so. The application for additional activites may be combined with an extension of duration depending on the project’s situation and justification
The additional activities have to fit in the intervention logic of the programme: these activities have to be dedicated to the exchange of experience among regions on the way to address the crisis (in the field tackled by the project)
with the objective that the lessons learnt from this exchange can lead to further policy improvements in these regions.
The possible additional activities are therefore mainly related to the traditional exchange of experience as described in section 4.2.1 of the programme manual. However, to provide all necessary means and allow maximum flexibility, the additional activities can also include pilot actions in justified cases (e.g. one region needs to test a measure from another region before it can be fully supported by the policy instrument addressed). Further information on pilot actions can be found in section 4.2.2 of the programme manual and on the programme website.
The additional activities have to be considered as an add-on to the existing project. They are not bound to a specific phase of the exising project and they should in principle not impact the activities already approved so far. For 1st and 2nd call projects, they will be organised through an extension of project’s duration (these activities can start already before the end of phase 2, depending on the implementation stage of the project). For the 3rd call projects, they can start in phase 1 or in phase 2, also depending on the project’s state of play. For 4th call projects, the activities have to start and be finalised before the end of phase 1.
Considering that the call targets approved projects, the partnership should in principle remain the same. In particular, the involvement of new regions or the replacement of a withdrawing partner are not possible. Any change related to the partnership (e.g. partner’s withdrawal due to unavailability of co-financing, integration of an additional organisation due to pilot actions) need to be duly justified. While this seems obvious for running projects, it is important to stress this requirement for projects that are already closed or about to close.
Policy instruments addressed
The policy instruments addressed may be updated by the project depending on each regional context. If this is the case, these updates should be described and justified in the application form. The next generation of Structural Funds programmes can also be tackled. Again, this remark is particularly relevant for 1st and 2nd call projects who started in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and whose policy context may have evolved compared to their initial application form.
If you are interested in applying, we recommend that you are in touch with the Regional Contact Point in Ireland.
Northern and Western Regional Assembly
Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
Tel.: +353 94 9877251