Interreg France (Channel) England

The UK is still a full member of the EU, and UK applicants are eligible for EU funding for at least two more years, until new arrangements are agreed. Norfolk County Council urges potential applicants to make the most of the opportunity while it still exists and are here to help. Go to the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme website for more information on this Programme and for the contact details of the Programme team.

The France (Channel) England programme seeks to address common challenges on both sides of the Channel through cooperation to develop innovation projects, low carbon initiatives and enhance the attractiveness of the area.

The programme area covers the south and east coasts of England from Cornwall to Norfolk, and the north coast of France from Finistère to Pas-de-Calais. The programme map is available here.

Case study

ICE - Intelligent Community Energy

The ICE project is dedicated to improving, developing and promoting new smart solutions for energy production, storage and consumption for an island or remote community.

Lead by Bretagne Developpement Innovation, nine organisations have partnered up to tackle the challenge of energy vulnerability in areas located at the end of the distribution network and reliant on fossil fuel.

By the end of the project, these new solutions will be included in a full commercial offer that will be proposed to other insular or peripheral territories facing the same energy challenges, in the Channel area and beyond.

The project is funded at 69% by the Programme, representing a European Regional Development Fund budget of €5.5m.

This programme has three priorities, split into five specific objectives.

  1. Support innovation in order to address the economic and societal issues facing the France (Channel) England area
    • Increase the delivery and uptake of innovative products, processes, systems and services in shared smart specialisation sectors
    • Increase the quality and the effectiveness of service delivery to the most socially and economically disadvantaged groups through social innovation
  2. Support the transition to a low-carbon economy in the France (Channel) England area
    • Increase the development and uptake of existing or new low-carbon technologies in the sectors that have the highest potential for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  3. Enhance the attractiveness of the territories of the France (Channel) England area
    • Realise the potential of the common natural and cultural assets to deliver innovative and sustainable growth
    • Enhance and protect the coastal and transitional water ecosystems

The France (Channel) England can fund up to 70% of the project costs.

However this intervention rate may vary from one call to another. For the first two calls, the intervention rate was 69% which meant that partners had to find 31% of the project costs.

Any legal entity from private or public sector within the programme area may be Lead Partner or Partner of a project and apply for funding.

The minimum requirement for a project to be eligible is for the partnership to have at least one English partner and at least one French partner, both based in the programme area.

The partnership has to be balanced between the types of partners, and demonstrate its complementarity and the specific contribution of each partner.

The France (Channel) England programme has a two-step application procedure with the submission of a Phase 1 application form followed by a more detailed Phase 2 application form for successful applicants.

There are two calls per year, one in spring and one in the autumn. These are published on the programme website.

You can find further information on the programme website www.interreg5a-fce.eu, which also includes contact details for the Facilitators who are available to advise you on project ideas, and to help you find potential partners.