Guidance

European Regional Development Fund: financial instruments

Documents relating to financial instruments supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Documents

European Regional Development Fund 2014 to 2020 guidance for member states on the selection of bodies implementing financial instruments

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European Regional Development Fund 2014 to 2020 on the spot verification visit guidance for financial instruments

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Greater Manchester combined authority ex-ante assessment

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Midlands Engine investment fund ex-ante assessment

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North East Fund ex-ante assessment

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Northern Powerhouse investment fund ex-ante assessment

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Mayor of London energy efficiency fund ex-ante assessment

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The London SME fund ex-ante assessment

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Cornwall and Isles of Scilly investment fund ex-ante assessment

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Financial instruments are an alternative to traditional grant funding and unlike grants the ERDF paid to the final beneficiary is repayable, thereby creating a ‘Legacy’ which can be re-invested. There are 3 main types of funding delivered through financial instruments:

  • Equity / Quasi-equity
  • Loan
  • Guarantee

The requirement for each financial instrument project in the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programme to undertake an ex-ante assessment was introduced in the European Commission’s Common Provisions Regulation in 2013. The objective is to promote the use of sound evidence-based decision making when designing and implementing these projects.

These documents only relate to the ERDF.

Published 11 January 2017
Last updated 3 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly investment fund ex-ante assessment published.
  2. First published.