International Team

The International Team promotes international activity in Brighton & Hove, supports council departments and external groups across Brighton & Hove in developing bids to access EU and other international  funding, and provides links to partner organisations across Europe and the wider world.

The following services can be accessed by organisations across Brighton & Hove.

Brighton & Hove City Council European & International Strategy

View or download our European & International Strategy (PDF 156kb) 

Information on EU funding opportunities

With approximately 200 different funding opportunities available from the EU alone, the team actively promotes key funding streams that are relevant to Brighton & Hove and provides alerts to the announcements of upcoming funding deadlines. These include the Interreg IVA Two Seas Programme and Interreg IVA Channel Programme  which support cross border co-operation projects with France, Belgium and the Netherlands, European Social Fund which promotes 'employability' and the Lifelong learning programme which provides funding for schools projects and adult learners. 

The team also produces the International Update Newsletter [456kb] (October 2013 edition) and, through an e-mail bulletin service, provides more detailed information on a wide range of topics, grants and partner searches in areas such as energy, culture, environment and justice. We have around 60 different distribution lists in total so please contact us if there are any you would like to be added to.

Advice and support on the development of funding bids

This includes bidding workshops, one-to-one meetings and provision of written briefing materials on funding streams. The team receives additional support through the Southern England Local Partners Office in Brussels which provides access to Brussels based contacts and events as well as giving:

  • advice regarding EU project implementation
  • information on EU policy developments
  • advice and assistance on lobbying on the development of EU policies with local relevance
  • advice and support on networking with European partners

The team provides a partner search service for projects requiring European partners. Brighton & Hove chairs the Brighton European Network (BEN) and is a member of the Arc Manche and Eurocities network which is useful in finding potential partners for projects. Brighton & Hove City Council has been involved in a number of Interreg projects, completed Interreg projects include CAPTURE on which the Council was the lead partner whilst current Interreg projects include Lively Cities.

Events

SELP European Congress 2013:

Hosted by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, the SELP 2013 European Congress will take place at Poole Civic Centre on Friday 4th October from 10am

Now in its seventh year, the SELP European Congress provides delegates with a forum in which to find out more about what is available -
• discover how to influence emerging EU policy
• share best practice
• network with experienced similar organisations
• learn how to win funding to supplement resources
 

Projects

Cascade logo

CASCADE is a 3-year project (2011-2014) of networking and mutual learning on local energy leadership. It supports cities in delivering the European Union 2020 targets for energy and climate change.Coordinated by EUROCITIES, the project involves 19 large European cities as partners as well as thematic experts Koucky & Partners and Wuppertal Institute. The project has a budget of €2 Million, with 75% of that being financed by the EU.

With a focus of three thematic areas (energy efficiency in buildings & districts; renewable energy sources & distributed energy generation; and energy in urban transport), the project aims to:

  • Improve and accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs);
  • Ensure meaningful and sustained learning and sharing of good practices between cities; and
  • Promote the position of cities as crucial actors for knowledge transfer within their country.

Using the experience from the peer learning visits, during the second year CASCADE will organise more than 20 networking activities using 3 different formats of learning: study tours, mentoring visits and work shadowing. These activities will be an opportunity for cities to receive tailored advice on specific issues regarding the implementation of local energy policies.

Brighton & Hove and the CASCADE project

In the second year of the CASCADE project, Brighton & Hove successfully applied to join the project’s networking and mutual learning activities, and has been invited to Eindhoven to take part in a study visit on ‘renewables & distributed energy’.

Contact us

Please contact the team to access any of the services outlined above:

For more information on European Funding programmes, please go to the European Union website.