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.

 

European Structural & Investment Funds Update

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

 

New calls are expected to launch in early October 2018 (and close in late November).  The full details (including the amount of money available and the thematic areas eligible for funding) will be published here.   

 

European Social Fund (ESF)

 

ESF Update 24/08/18 - ESFA Invitation to Tender Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of two new ESF Invitations to Tender by the ESFA Co-Financing Organisation. Following confirmation of the ESFA’s extension of their ESF opt-in offer, the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) have opted-in with the ESFA to deliver the following specifications in London;

NEET (15-24) - Support those at risk of NEET and NEET (note that the London contracts should only target young people NEET and not those at-risk of NEET)

Community Grants - Procurement of a managing agent

The specifications have been developed from two of the priorities in the ESF Programme; Investment Priorities 1.2 and 1.4 which respectively relate to the sustainable integration into the labour market of Young People and supporting those with multiple and complex barriers to move closer or into the labour market.

Contracts will commence in April 2019. The procurement has been launched and is now live on the ESFA e-tendering portal, Bravo, with a closing date of 17th September for the NEET ITT and 19th September for the Community Grants ITT.

Each specification contains generic requirements, such as eligibility, target groups, funding rates and deliverables. EPMU has worked with the ESFA to ensure that London specific background information and priorities are reflected in the specifications (from page 68 in the NEET spec and from page 77 in the Community Grants spec). Each specification contains 4 “lots” or contract opportunities for London, one for each of the four Borough Sub-Regional Partnership areas.

In addition, the London specific priorities and targeting in the specifications have been designed to complement and avoid duplication with future GLA CFO procurement. A range of projects adults and for young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or ‘at-risk’ of NEET will be procured later this year by GLA CFO, details of the planned NEET programmes can be found within the ESFA NEET specification. In addition, the London specific priorities and targeting in the specifications have been designed to complement and avoid duplication with future GLA CFO procurement. A range of projects for adults and for young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or ‘at-risk’ of NEET will be procured later this year by GLA CFO, details of the planned NEET programmes can be found within the ESFA NEET specification. If you would like to be kept informed about these new opportunities, please ensure you sign up to the GLA ESF mailing list here.

Organisations not already registered, must register at https://education.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml in order to respond to this procurement opportunity. All queries in relation to the procurement process must be logged via the Bravo portal, the final deadline for bidders to submit questions is 4th September; the LEAP will not be able to answer any questions relating to the procurement.

 

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.

 

The ESF Operational Programme

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

 

Sign up to receive ESF and ERDF news 

Be the first to hear about ERDF and ESF news in London. Sign up below to receive updates on the programmes and tendering opportunities.

Register to receive ESF and ERDF news

Sign up for our newsletter

You’ll receive news on the latest funding opportunities, news of events in your area, upcoming seminars, workshops plus so much more.