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.

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

 

Governement Guarantees

The government has issued details regarding the future of EU programmes after we exit the EU (see the statement of 3rd october 2016 here) and in case of no Brexit deal (See full announcement here).

 

European Structural & Investment Funds Update

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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

  

European Social Fund (ESF)

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.

 

 

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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