The government is giving Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) responsibility for delivering of a large part of the new round of European Structural and Investment Funds for 2014 to 2020. This guidance provides guidance on how government envisages the new funding programme working.
In 2014 to 2020 the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development will be brought together into an ‘EU Structural and Investment (SI) Funds Growth Programme’. The Growth Programme’s top priorities are innovation, research and development, support for SMEs, low carbon, skills, employment, and social inclusion.
This guidance explains the new funding programme and how LEPs need to prepare for their strategic role in delivery of the Structural and Investment Funds. It asks LEPs to indicate their priorities for spend in localities, and describes the delivery systems government will put in place to support implementing these funds. It also sought views from LEPs by 31 May 2013 on the funding priorities.
The technical annex includes further information on:
- the delivery model for the Structural and Investment Funds
- policy priorities for the Structural and Investment Funds
- timelines and next steps
See also the European Structural and Investment Funds strategies: supplementary guidance to Local Enterprise Partnerships.