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: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/england-2014-to-2020-european-structural-and-investment-funds.
ERDF New Calls Lauched on 28 June
see below for further information
ESIF Funding Map
European Structural & Investment Funds Update
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
New calls launched on 28 June 2019 for the following thematic areas:
Priority Axis 1 -Promoting Research & Innovation.Indicative £3.5 million ERDF available
Priority Axis 2 - Enhancing the access to and quality of, ICT. Indicative £710,000 ERDF available
Priority Axis 3 -Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs. Indicative £1.1 million ERDF available
Priority Axis 4 - Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors. Indicative £8 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, ending by June 2023.
The deadline for submitting applications is 23:59 on Monday 30 September 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
European Social Fund (ESF)
The latest round of Calls is now closed. We expect to inform applicants of the outcome in August 2019.
DWP as the ESF Managing Authority has undertaken a mid-term review of the England ESF 2014-2020 Operational Programme (OP). This has now been approved and adopted by the European Commission and published on gov.uk.
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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