European Structural and Investment Funds

The London Local Enterprise Partnership (now known as 'LEAP') has been notionally allocated €748 million of funding European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to create jobs and support business growth in London. LEAP is responsible for the strategic oversight of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) on behalf of the Government.  The Government publishes the latest information and guidance on the ESF and ERDF programmes here:



To keep you updated on the ESIF response to COVID-19, please check this new page It is used to share news with projects and partners.



Although the United Kingdom has now left the European Union, under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, EU programmes will continue to operate in the UK until their closure in 2023-24. The Government suggested in 2017 that these funds would be replaced in due course by the ‘UK Shared Prosperity Fund’; but no information has been made available as to how these funds might operate yet.



European Structural & Investment Funds Update

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The latest set of calls has now closed.

Any enquiries should be addressed to



European Social Fund (ESF)


A new ESF call for proposals in London has been launched under ESF Priority Axes 1 (Inclusive Labour Markets) and Priority Axes 2 (Skills for Growth). Approximately £39m ESF is available, to be spent by December 2023.

Applications are sought for projects to help tackle London’s employment and skills challenges and support London’s recovery from COVID-19.

The Call specifications, including details about how to apply for funding, are available on at:, under reference OC23S21P18321(PA1) and OC23S21P1832 (PA2).  



Call ‘Q&A’

Applicants can submit general clarification questions about the call to Questions and answers will be published on this page on a weekly basis and applicants are encouraged to check the Questions & Answers (Q&A) document regularly for updates. The deadline for submission of questions is 28 May 2021, any questions submitted after this deadline will not be answered.  A number of ‘Frequently asked Questions’ have also been included in the Q&A document, which applicants may find helpful.



ESIF Strategy

The 2014-20 ESIF Strategy for London sets out the areas for ESF and ERDF investment against the LEAP’s four Jobs and Growth Plan priorities: Skills and Employment, SME Competitiveness, Science and Technology and Infrastructure.  The ESIF strategy seeks to align with the Government’s ESF and ERDF Operational Programme strategies.  It is against the Operational Programmes that applicants will be invited to submit applications, using the ESIF Strategy to reflect London’s needs.



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