ESF Information Memo 18/20 - COVID-19: Year 3 match funding

This memo is intended to provide guidance to project promoters on Year 3 match funding.

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I hope you, your staff and clients are keeping well. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and flexibility in these challenging times. 

I am aware that some projects have concerns about being able to secure match funding for the April 20 – March 21 (Year 3) programme year, due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on their relevant match funders. The purpose of this memo is to ascertain the overall position of match funding for ESF project providers in Year 3. I would therefore ask you to confirm the following:

  • match funder
  • amount or percentage (%)
  • secured or at risk.

I would ask you to not use this opportunity to ask DfE to make up any lost or ‘at risk’ match funding as the DfE match funding budget is already fully allocated.  I would grateful if you could provide a response to esfperformancemonitoring@economy-ni.gov.uk by close of play 10 June 2020

Regards  

Annie McGowan
Head of ESF Project Delivery Branch

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