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:

You can also find information on the 2007-13 European Structural Funds Programmes for London on the Greater London Authority's website.

European Structural & Investment Funds Update

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF):

ERDF calls for proposals have been launched in London for:

  • Priority Axis 1: Promoting Innovation & Research - £5 million available
  • Priority Axis 2: Developing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) products and services, e-commerce, and enhancing demand for ICT - £900,000 available
  • Priority Axis 3: Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs - £4 million available
  • Priority Axis 4 : Supporting the Shift Towards a Low Carbon Economy in All Sectors - £11.7 million available.

The specifications, Outline Application form and ERDF guidance can be accessed here.  The closing date for the submission of Outline Applications to the Greater London Authority (GLA) via is 23:59 on Friday 10 November 2017.

The GLA is holding two events for prospective applicants at City Hall, Committee Room 1, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA.

Thursday 12 October 3.30-5.30 pm

The focus of the first hour will be on Priority Axis 4.  A short presentation will be followed by Questions & Answers. During the second hour GLA officers will be available to answer questions about the calls process and Priority Axes 1-4.  

To register to attend please email  As space is limited we advise only one representative per organisation.  Bookings close on 6 October.  If we are over-subscribed we will email to advise you.    

Wednesday 1 November 9.00-11.00 a.m. ‘surgery session’ 

Prospective applicants will be able to book a 15-minute one-to-one slot to discuss the call; for example if you are looking for high-level feedback on the likely eligibility, or not, of proposed activities.  Bookings can be made after 12 October.

Outside of these events, questions can be directed to GLA officers are unable to advise whether proposals will be successful in securing ERDF funds.  However, we can offer brief high-level feedback on the likely eligibility of proposed activities; to avoid applicants spending unnecessary time developing an application. 


In October 2016 the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, confirmed that EU funds can continue to be committed to projects until the point of EU exit.  See here for the full announcement.


European Social Fund (ESF): 

The ESF Operational Programme was officially adopted by the European Commission in September 2015 and can be found here.

Info regarding ESF provision can be found here


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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