The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) are the European Union’s main funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across EU member states.
In England, for 2014 to 2020 the programmes comprise the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). These have been brought together into a single Growth programme with individual operational programmes aligned to maximise support for jobs and growth.
The Growth Programme is delivered across England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, each of which has an ESIF Strategy to support local delivery. ERDF can fund activity such as support to SMEs, ICT, Low Carbon and research and innovation.
EU funds require national co-financing from either public or private sources. They must be additional to, and not replace, existing national funding. .
In England, the Managing Authority responsible for ERDF is the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Who can apply?
The following types of organisations may apply to deliver ERDF projects in response to project calls:
- not for profit organisations,
- local authorities,
- registered charities,
- higher / further education institutions,
- voluntary / community organisations,
- statutory and non-statutory public funded bodies,
- public or private sector.
How to Apply for ERDF
All funding opportunities for the ERDF programme in England are made available via the funding finder on the GOV.UK website.
ESIF Full Application Form, Guidance and Financial documents are available here
Priority Axis for the ERDF
- Research and Innovation
- Enhancing access to, and use and quality, of ICT
- Enhancing the competitiveness of SME’s
- Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy
- Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management
- Preserving and protecting the environment and resource efficiency