ESF at 100% rejected

June 24, 2009

Last week’s meeting of EU Heads of State and Government rejected the European Commission’s proposal to enable ESF grants to finance 100% of project costs for the next couple of years. The proposal for 100% financing of ERDF projects will not now be brought forward.

ESF at 100%

June 3, 2009

The European Commission has formally announced today its proposal to allow European Social Fund grants for the next couple of years to be used to finance 100% of project costs. Contrary to our report earlier this week, the European Regional Development Fund has not so far been included in this rule change. This is, nonetheless, […]

100% EU grants

May 31, 2009

EU regional and training grants may become a lot more financially attractive this week. In response to the economic crisis, the European Commission is expected this week to change the rules on EU regional and training grants.  At present, project promoters have to finance between 15-50% of project costs when they obtain a grant from […]

First ever EU sports funding

May 15, 2009

The first ever EU funding specifically targeting sport is now open for applications. The European Commission has today launched a call for proposals to implement EU 2009 Preparatory Action in the field of sport. In 2008, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to propose an EU sport programme as well as Preparatory Action […]

More EU grants available

April 23, 2009

In response to the global economic crisis, EU governments have agreed to make more money available now for EU regional grants.  Up to €4.5 billion of the European Regional Development Fund has been brought forward from 2010 and 2011 to be spent in 2009. This may offer new financing opportunities for golf developers, where their […]

EU grants still support golf

March 27, 2009

Golf Europa has reported previously on the positive impact of EU funds stimulating golf, tourism and growth in less-developed regions, particularly in Ireland and Portugal in the 1990s. Lots of EU funding has now moved east but golf continues to be used as a successful tool of regional economic development. A quick trawl of the […]

New EU study on sport funding

March 23, 2009

The latest open call for tender from the European Commission’s Sports Unit is for a “Study on Internal Market Barriers to Sport Funding”. The study will look into public and private sources of sport funding and into financial streams within particular sports.  It will also address possible cross-border obstacles that could affect the financing of […]

Golf & healthy-living grants

March 18, 2009

British golf clubs in coalfields areas should look at the current call for applications from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. £10,000 grants are available now for projects that encourage healthier life styles, such as taking-up active leisure pursuits.  Some Councils, e.g. Wigan, already work in partnership with their local health authority & golf clubs.  Doctors in […]

Can the private sector benefit from ERDF?

April 28, 2008

A surprising number of golf clubs in the EU have received European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants in the past – some very high profile – eg Carnoustie, Scotland (host of the 2007 Open) and The K Club, Ireland (host of the 2006 Ryder Club). Ireland allocated grants of €20 million in the 1990s to […]

Golf and the European Regional Development Fund

April 27, 2008

Grant aid from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is financing the development of new golf courses across Europe. The ERDF is the second largest EU financial mechanism, after the Common Agricultural Policy. It provides grant aid to the poorest regions in the EU ranked according to GDP per capita to part-finance investment projects which […]

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