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


03 October 2016: The Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed at the Conservative Party Conference that EU funds can continue to be committed to projects until the point of EU exit, see here the full announcement.



The latest call is now closed. Applicants have now been informed about the outcome of the assessment.

 A London-focused Questions & Answers factsheet is available (updated 17 December 2017 to clarify that C34 "estimated GHG reductions" is not to be reported annually).




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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