Sustainable Food 2.0 has good opportunities to obtain substantial financial assistance from the Central Sweden, Agriculture Department and others.
Central Sweden is a non-profit association whose members include the Dalarna Region, Region Gävleborg and Örebro County Council. Central Sweden’s goal is to contribute to the realisation of the members’ regional development strategies based on a European perspective.
The basis of its operations are the priority areas and activities set out in the annual orders from its members. To get the most use of the office we focus on two areas:
- political influence of the regions key issues; and
- projects to supply regional resources in terms of financial resources and expertise for regional development.
Central Sweden also contributes to the high and current level of knowledge concerning the EU perspective on priority issues among the member regions.
Therefore, Central Sweden works on behalf of its member regions, which means that its main responsibility is directed to the regions and their officials. However, Central Sweden is commissioned to contribute to regional development across counties; therefore, it sometimes works with other regional and local actors. Central Sweden is true, however, of the respective regions regarding any work that is done at the request of non-members.
In the area of project work Central Sweden only with funding opportunities in the so-called sector programmes, in other words funds and programmes that focus on development projects, where the project partnership must consist of partners from different EU countries, and where to search in competition with the EU . Examples of sector programmes include Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and COSME, the EU’s competitiveness programme for small and medium-sized Enterprises.
It is important to keep in mind that the EU sectoral programmes never, or very rarely, provide grants for business operation or projects with only regional or local bearing. Projects co-financed by the sector programmes must be useful for the EU, which is known as a European value, because the ultimate goal is to raise the entire European sector.
For other EU funds that are not made up of sector programmes, such as the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund, recommend Central Sweden that the project will take contact with the responsible officer of the municipality or the region or alternatively the Swedish administrative authorities with ESF council, respec tively growth Board.
Central Sweden writes nor project applications. The office will help the other hand to analyse the current calls within the various sectoral programmes and can suggest what programmes and calls are relevant for the project idea.
Central Sweden specifically assists with the project through:
- Analysis and matching of project idea to programme/call.
- Advises on next steps.
- Contacts with networks such as European Regions Research and Innovation Network.
- Proofreading applications, focusing on how well the project meets the call.
Agriculture Department is responsible for all food production and is the unifying authority for all public support for this sector. There is a wide range of possible support that is available for the type of investment planned in Ljusdal. The support is coordinated with various EU programmes in order to provide the largest possible benefit for different investments and measures. The support is mainly coordinated within their main programmes, that is the rural development programme and maritime and fishery programme. There is no single grant covering all areas, but the grants are geared towards specific programmes that focus on interesting areas such as:
- productive investment
- innovation projects
- environmental investments
- education and skills development