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.

Priority areas of the Interreg Programme (Specific Objectives)

The Programme has 3 Priorities divided into 5 Specific Objectives (SO), which demonstrate the changes that the Programme plans to deliver within the eligible area.

Amount of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) still available for each of the three priorities:

  • Priority 1 (Innovation, Social Innovation) €68.5m
  • Priority 2 (Low Carbon Technologies) €31.1m
  • Priority 3 (Natural & Cultural Heritage, Coastal and Transitional Water Ecosystems) €32.9m

Applicants can apply for funding under one of the following objectives:


To increase the delivery and uptake of innovative 
products, processes, systems and services in shared 
smart specialisation sectors.

Social Innovation

To increase the quality and the effectiveness of service delivery to the most socially and economically disadvantaged groups through social innovation.

Low Carbon Technologies

To 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.

Natural & Cultural Heritage

To realise the potential of the common natural and cultural assets to deliver innovative and sustainable growth.

Coastal and Transitional Water Ecosystems

To enhance and protect the coastal and transitional water ecosystems.

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 Christelle Pereira 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 next deadlines for submission of a full application are: 23 October 2020, 5 February 2021 and 15 March 2021

More information

Micro Projects

From April 2017 the Channel Programme introduced their Micro Projects initiative, for smaller scale projects that run for up to two years and are funded at 80%.

Micro Projects:

  • Respond to any of the 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.

The next deadlines are: 23 October 2020, 5 February 2021 and 15 March 2021

For more information go to the Channel website.