Business and enterprise – guidance

2007 to 2013 ERDF: applying for funding

This detailed guidance was withdrawn on 9 December 2015

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How to apply to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for economic regeneration projects promoted primarily by the public sector.

For funding from 2014 to 2020, apply for European Structural and Investment Funds.

Who can apply for ERDF

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is aimed at economic regeneration projects promoted primarily by the public sector. This involves:

  • government departments
  • local enterprise partnerships
  • local authorities
  • further and higher education establishments
  • other public bodies
  • volunteer sector organisations

ERDF grants can also be used in certain circumstances to help to develop small and medium-sized enterprises. In some programmes private sector companies may also apply. See details for each specific programme below.

ERDF helps projects which offer substantial benefits to the programme area and its communities. These projects would not take place without a grant. The rest of the funding, known as ‘match funding’, comes from other sources such as local authorities, government schemes, other public bodies and the private sector.

ERDF is provided in geographically defined operational programmes that aim to support economic regeneration through projects in the areas of innovation, business support and sustaining communities. The current round of programmes started in 2007 and runs until the end of 2013.

Calls for proposals

The are currently no live calls for proposals under the 2007 to 2013 ERDF programmes