EU projects

The EU provides funding and grants for a broad range of projects and programmes covering areas such as education, health, consumer protection, environmental protection and many more.  Each project and programme will have a specific set of objectives that will need to be met

Participating in European Union projects not only strengthens existing collaborations and creates new links with European partners, but shares best practice between partners whilst delivering actual benefits during the life time of the project and beyond.

Even though obtaining EU funding is complex and time intensive process, we have a 100% record of securing fund and grants that we have applied for, and some recent previous projects are outlined below.

ESIMeC (Urbact)

ESIMeC saw eight medium sized cities from across Europe come together to share similar challenges and priorities.

The main aim of ESIMeC was to develop innovative economic strategies that capitalise on the assets and specificities of medium sized cities to ensure they are better equipped to cope with economic downturns and to encourage faster economic recovery as well as long term economic growth and resilience.

The Urbact European programme promoted sustainable urban development, enabling cities to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges.

The programme helped to develop pragmatic solutions that are new and sustainable, and that included economic, social and environmental issues. Good practices were shared with all professionals involved in urban policy throughout Europe. At the bottom of this page you will find the ESIMeC Cookbook and Basingstoke's local plan.


Please visit the ESIMeC (Urbact) website for further information,

PDF document ESIMeC Cookbook (PDF) [7 Mb]

Eco Advantage

Eco-advantage was a collaborative project between Medway Council, Reading Borough Council, Basingstoke and Deane Council and Milton Keynes Council, funded by the European Social Fund.

Eco-advantage was about increasing knowledge of climate change issues, focusing on the creation of "green jobs" and supporting the local third-sector "green businesses". The scheme was set up to educate and inform small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and low-skilled workers, to give them a vital competitive edge on the labour market through tools such as a sustainable business pack.

It also developed, short e-learning training programmes targeted at lower-skilled frontline staff and unemployed people, developing a practical understanding of the issues around climate change and giving them access to lower level 'green' skills to take to the workplace.


Leonardo Engineering+

The partnership brought together 8 local authorities from 6 EU countries to explore how local authorities can act as facilitators of effective partnership working between the relevant local stakeholders (engineering businesses, education and training providers, business support organisations, employment support agencies, education/business partnerships) to develop initiatives to promote careers in engineering in order to address the difficulties in recruitment reported by businesses from that sector.

The key aims of the partnership were to:

  • develop and establish effective partnership working between the public, private and educational sectors
  • develop a joint action plan to promote careers in engineering including the development of initiatives and programmes in schools and colleges to promote the opportunities of apprenticeships and careers in engineering
  • ensure the training provision in engineering meets the needs of employers, particularly of SMEs as they often do not have the resources and capacity to develop in-house training programmes


Please visit the  Leonardo - Engineering+ website for further information.

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