The European cross-border programme Interreg IVA France (Channel) - England covers a wide geographical area reaching from Cornwall to Norfolk in England, and from “Finistère” to “Pas-de-Calais” in France.
These territories share a common maritime border: the Channel. Therefore, the Interreg IVA France (Channel) - England programme aims to encourage - between the French and English parties - the emergence of:
- an area of common citizenship,
- a shared identity for the area of cooperation,
- a sense of belonging to a cross-border area.
With a financial budget of 161 million Euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the programme currently funds nearly 150 co-operation projects between France and England, which involve some 550 different organisations on both sides of the Channel.
These projects deal with a wide range of co-operation topics that are supported by the programme: economic development, environment, culture, tourism, social inclusion, but also maritime cooperation.
Projects receive an ERDF grant of a maximum of 50% of the total project budget. As regards the micro-project procedure – available only to private organisations such as charities and/or SMEs - the funding rate can reach up to 75%.
This programme is managed by the Région Haute-Normandie.
→ More information: Consult the Operational Programme, in the Downloadable materials section. It is the framework document of the programme, which extensively describes the programme's strategic principles, the type of actions as well as the eligible beneficiaries.
The Operational Programme was approved by the European Commission on 19th September 2008 and was modified at the end of 2013.