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.
To keep you updated on the ESIF response to COVID-19, please check this new page https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds-coronavirus-covid-19-response. 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.
ESIF Funding Map
European Structural & Investment Funds Update
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
The latest set of calls has now closed.
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European Social Fund (ESF)
NEW ESF CALL LAUNCHED – Lump Sum Digital Interventions – London (September 2020)
A new call for proposals for London worth £5m has been launched under Priority Axis 4: COVID-19 Response – Addressing the Digital Divide in response to Coronavirus.
In response to COVID-19, applications are sought for projects to help address the Digital Divide in London by providing equipment and an allowance of data to existing ESF participants. Projects will be funded at 100% ESF through this Call with no upper or lower financial limit.
The Call specification (Ref: OC23S20X1774), including details about how to apply for funding, is available on gov.uk at: https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds The deadline for applications is Thursday 15th October 2020.
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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