Key Documents


The ERDF Operational Programme: is the main document for setting out the strategy and priorities for use of the fund to support the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It also contains high level information on how the fund will be delivered, managed and evaluated. Click here.

The Black Country ESIF Strategy: Outlines ESIF consultation, evidences need and key areas for intervention. Click here.

The Black Country Strategic Economic Plan (SEP): Drafted concurrently with the Black Country ESIF Strategy, the SEP makes the case for a Black Country Growth Deal to accelerate growth  in high value manufacturing and, specifically, the aerospace, automotive and building technology sectors. Click here.

The West Midlands Combined Authority Strategic Economic Plan(SEP): This strategic economic plan (SEP) sets out the vision, objectives, strategy and actions to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the West Midlands. It has been developed and agreed by a wide partnership of people, organisations and businesses who share a pride in, and ambition for, an area with unique assets, challenges and opportunities. Click here

The West Midlands Combined Authority Environmental Strategy 2014-19: Think Global: Act Local, West Midland Combined Authority’s Environmental Strategy (2014 – 2019) provides strategic direction for the environmental improvements we seek to implement and also serves to communicate to staff, partners and external stakeholders our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment. Click here

Applying to the ERDF

Guide to the ERDF and ESF Funds. Click here.

Lifecycle of a project. Click here.

ESIF Funding Finder. Click here.

ESIF Full Application Form, Guidance and Financial documents. Click here

ERDF Privacy Notice. Click here

The following programme guidance is available on the GOV.UK website:
•Application forms
•Eligibility Rules
•Selection Criteria for the ERDF and ESF Programmes
•Scoring Framework for the ERDF


Delivering ERDF

The following programme guidance is available on the GOV.UK website:
•Eligibility Rules
•Procurement Law
•State Aid Law
•Branding and Publicity Requirements
•Output Indicator Definitions
•Example funding agreements

ERDF logo’s, press release and poster templates. Click here.

Beneficiary List July 2018 Click here.

*** Please check the GOV.UK website regularly to ensure you are accessing the most up to date guidance documentation.