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Covid Channel Area Response Exchange


Specific Objective Social Innovation
Project Budget €6,7M
ERDF Amount €6,7M
Duration 08/2020 – 6/2023 (35 months)


Covid-19 has affected every area of life in the FCE area and the C-CARE (Covid Channel Area Response Exchange) capitalisation project aims to address issues where the impacts have been the greatest.

C-CARE is a ground-breaking partnership of four English and three French organisations, who have developed a unique and ambitious package of targeted support in response to some of the biggest socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The project will deliver 4 cross-border work packages aimed at supporting individuals at risk of exclusion from the labour market and businesses that have been hit hardest during the pandemic:

  1. Respond, Reflect, Report will enable partners, stakeholders and other FCE projects to review initial Covid-response, gather good practice and bring together lessons learnt in order to shape a new package of Covid-19 response and recovery actions
  2. C-CARE Support for Social Inclusion will deliver targeted support to more than 4,547 individuals to develop new skills and tools to help them into employment or start a business
  3. C-CARE Support for Business Recovery will provide direct support to over 1,947 businesses via advice, vouchers and grants aimed at helping sectors hard-hit by the pandemic to develop new business models to respond market changes and ensure a green, inclusive and sustainable economic recovery.
  4. C-CARE Reset and Redesign will develop blueprints for future town centres to improve long term prospects for businesses and work on new ways to tackle social exclusion and in particular digital and food poverty.

Lead Partner

Kent County Council
Kent, England

Project Partners

Conseil Départemental du Finistère
Bretagne, France
New Anglia LEP
East Anglia, England
Pas-de-Calais Tourisme
Nord - Pas-de-Calais, France
Norfolk County Council
Norfolk, England
Campus d’Enseignment Supérieure et de Formation Professionnelle
Haute-Normandie, France