INTERREG Va France (Channel) England Programme

Interreg Va France (Channel) England Programme

Interreg - European Union

This Cross-Border programme aims to fund high quality co-operation projects in the Channel border region between France and England, in line with the Europe 2020 strategy. The programme covers the coastal area from Cornwall to Norfolk in the UK and from Finistere to Nord Pas de Calais in France. Norfolk County Council is the Managing Authority for the new programming period for 2014 to 2020.


There will be a flooding looding event on Wednesday 10 July 2019 between 10am and 4pm at the Hilda Porter meeting room, The Wesley Euston Hotel & Conference Venue  81-103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ. This event will bring people from the UK and France within the Programme area together to explore potential solutions to flooding issues based on three themes:

  • Coastal Protection
  • Blue Green Infrastructure
  • Flood Resilience

The aim is for participants to start creating partnerships and ideas that could develop into impactful projects. Tackling flooding issues is a huge challenge in the France (Channel) England Programme area, and any plans to address this must consider the impact of a changing climate on surface water run-off to fluvial systems in urban and rural areas and/or coastal and estuarial systems, through a rising sea level, and increased storminess. As a Programme that funds innovative projects, they are particularly keen to welcome participants from a range of backgrounds who have fresh ideas about how to tackle flooding issues.

Call update

The fourth call for phase one project applications closed on 13 October 2016.There were 11 Phase 1 applications for a total of €24.8 m of ERDF as follows:

  • 5 projects submitted under Specific Objective (SO) 1.1 focusing on innovation.
  • 2 projects submitted under SO 1.2 focusing on social innovation.
  • 3 projects submitted under SO 2.1 focusing on low carbon technologies
  • 1 project submitted under SO 3.1 focusing on natural and cultural heritage

The Selection Sub-Committee will be meeting on 1-2 February and projects will hear from the Joint Secretariat shortly afterwards. SO 1.1 and 3.1 are the most popular applications so far.

Priority areas of the Interreg Programme (specific objectives)

The France (Channel) England Programme has 3 Priorities divided into 5 Specific Objectives, which express the changes that the Programme plans to deliver within the eligible area:

  • Specific Objective 1.1: Innovation in Shared Smart Specialisation Sectors
  • Specific Objective 1.2: Social Innovation
  • Specific Objective 2.1: Low Carbon Technologies
  • Specific Objective 3.1: Natural and Cultural Assets
  • Specific Objective 3.2: Coastal and Transitional Water Ecosystems.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Co-Financing rate has been agreed at 69% on a Programme Level.

How to apply?

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.If you wish to apply for this programme please contact Gabrielle Bogart who will be able to assist you with development of your application and provide guidance on what the programme’s expectations are. We advise all project applicants to contact their facilitator as early in project development as possible.

Calls for projects will be held throughout the Programme’s lifetime. The launch of each call and related documents will be announced on the programme’s website.

The next deadlines for submission of a full application are: 11 October 2019, 14 January 2020, 27 March 2020 and 5 June 2020.

More information

Micro Projects

This is a new initiative from the Channel Programme aimed at small-scale cross-border cooperation projects.

Micro Projects:

  • Respond to any of the five specific objectives listed above.
  • Are limited to 24 months (plus three months for closure).
  • Have a maximum of five partners and a minimum of two (one French and one English).
  • Funding contribution is capped at 80%. The rest must be match-funded.
  • Maximum budget is €500,000 (ERDF contribution €400,000).
  • Are eligible to local authorities, charities and organisations employing more than 50 people and with turnover greater than €10 million.
  • Have a one phase application instead of two.

You can submit your application between - 10 October 2019 to 24 October 2019 or 19 March 2020 to 8 April 2020.

For more information see the Channel website.

The Two Seas Programme

The other programme, the Two Seas Programme had its first deadline for concept notes on 16 February 2015. The programme is for organisations with partners from the eligible regions of The Netherlands, West Flanders or the French region of Nord-Pas de Calais. This programme operates in English, French and Dutch. The Managing Authority is still Nord-Pas de Calais.