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.


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

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.


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