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European Regional Development Fund

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is one of the European Union’s Structural Funds which is used to tackle regional disparities across Europe. ERDF helps to stimulate economic development and growth; it provides support to businesses, encourages innovation and supports regeneration.

The London Economic Action Partnership has submitted a strategy to Government which sets out its key goals for investment:

  1. Skills and Employment
  2. Enhancing the competitiveness of London’s small and medium sized enterprises
  3. Strengthening science & technological development and fostering innovation
  4. Investing in London’s Infrastructure

Operational programme

The England Operational Programme document describes the types of activities that can be funded by ERDF, including in London.  It is available on gov.uk.  It includes the national outputs targets that shall be achieved.  London’s share of the targets are listed in the attached document.

London’s share of the England programme is awarded by Government in Euros (converted to Sterling using a 0.9033 exchange rate in August 2018):

 

Priority Axis 1     £30,793,518

Priority Axis 2     £2,686,640

Priority Axis 3     £85,005,532

Priority Axis 4     £65,793,546

Total                   £184,279,237

Grant-funded projects

New calls launched on 5th October 2018 for the following thematic areas:

Priority Axis 1 -Promoting Research & Innovation.Up to £11.3 million ERDF available

Priority Axis 2 - Enhancing the access to and quality of, ICT.  Up to £1.2 million ERDF available

Priority Axis 3 -Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs. Up to £11.4 million ERDF available

Priority Axis 4 - Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors. Up to £14.9 million ERDF available

 

The minimum request for ERDF is £500,000.  Applicants must provide an equivalent amount of match funding i.e. at least £500,000.   Projects can run for up to 3 years. The deadline for submitting applications is 23:59 on Friday 23 November 2018

Existing recipients of ERDF are eligible to apply to continue their projects, providing they meet the eligibility criteria set out in the call specification.  

Details, including the call specifications, are available here: https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds

Any enquiries should be addressed to esifcalls@london.gov.uk

 

Click here to see the projects which have received a grant funding agreement and are now live.

Financial Instruments

Under the 2007-2013 programme, a total of £69m ERDF was allocated to establish the London Green Fund and the London SME Fund to support low carbon infrastructure and high growth SMEs. You can find more information here https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/mayor-london/european-regional-develo....

For the current programme £75m was ring-fenced for two new funds that will build on the successes of the 2007-13 funds.

 

Mayor of London's Energy Efficiency Fund

The GLA has procured a Fund Manager, Amber Infrastructure Limited, to manage a new fund, called Mayor of London's Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF). The GLA has committed £43m ERDF to MEEF and Amber Infrastructure Limited has successfully secured £456m from private investors to make MEEF (almost) a £500m fund. Additionally, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will consider, on a case by case basis, providing finance to projects supported by MEEF, up to total value of £100m.

The MEEF will provide loan and equity finance for projects that involve:

— Building retrofit and energy efficiency measures in public, commercial and residential properties;

— Production and distribution of low carbon heat, including combined heat and power, tri-generation and communal/district heating generation and/or networks; and

— Small scale renewable energy generation.

The MEEF was launched on 9 July 2018 by the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues. It is now open for business and more information, including how to apply, can be found at www.meef.co.uk.

 

Greater London Investment Fund

In addition to the MEEF, a SME 'fund of funds' called, Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF) will be established to provide finance for London's SMEs seeking to scale-up and achieve their growth ambitions. The GLIF will consist of three sub-funds that will invest equity and loan finance in SMEs operating in sectors that are important in enhancing London's competitiveness, including the emerging circular economy.

The GLIF will be a £100m fund established with an allocation of £32m ERDF. The EIB will allocate £50m and the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) will commit £7m for the circular economy component. Funding London, which has been appointed as the GLIF manager, will provide the additional funding of £11m. Funding London is currently in the process of procuring professional managers for the three sub-funds. The GLIF is expected to start investing in early 2019.