Information about the European Structural and Investment Funds programme for 2014 to 2020 in England.
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About the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme
The European Structural and Investment Funds programme provides funds to help local areas grow. The funds support investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment and create jobs.
Running from 2014 to 2020, there are 3 types of funds involved in the programme:
European Social Fund (ESF) focuses on improving the employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing help people need to fulfil their potential
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports research and innovation, small to medium sized enterprises and creation of a low carbon economy
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) supports rural businesses to grow and expand, improve knowledge and skills and get started – Read more information and access documents on this fund
Take a look at how the ERDF programme has been performing. Read theapproved by the monitoring committee on 22 May 2018 and , setting out key factual information on the implementation of the programme and its priorities.
Earlier reports can be found here: theand the .
Who can apply for funding
A variety of requirements and criteria must be met in order to apply for funding through the programme. Read the programme guidance to see who is eligible to apply for funding from the ERDF and the ESF.
Read detailed information about the funds including the priorities, objectives and target groups and how the funds are being implemented:
- ESF Operational Programme for England 2014 to 2020
- ERDF Operational Programme for England 2014 to 2020
- EAFRD Operational Programme for England 2014 to 2020
The ERDF Managing Authority has carried out a Strategic Environmental Assessment against the ERDF Operational Programme for England 2014 to 2020.and .
Applying for European Structural and Investment Growth programme funds
There are 2 routes to apply for funding.
Route 1: Funding Finder
Through this route funding opportunities for all of the ERDF, part of the EAFRD and part of the ESF are available.
Apply through the Funding Finder.
Route 2: Co-financing (European Social Fund only)
Also known as opt-in organisations, a large proportion of ESF money is available through this alternative route. Co-financing means that ESF can cover up to 100% of an approved project’s eligible costs.
Read details on this approach, the opt-in organisations and how to apply through this route on our partner page.
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Programme guidance, forms, publicity and performance information
- Case Study Booklets
- Community Led Local Development
- Counter Fraud
- Document Retention
- ERDF Financial Instruments
- ESF Action Notes: 2014 to 2020 Programme
- ESF claim applications and Self-Declared Adjustments
- ESF online full applications
- Evaluation of ERDF
- Evaluation of ESF
- Full application
- Funding agreements
- Outline application
- Output and results
- Performance of Projects
- Programme guidance
- State Aid
- Technical Assistance
- Useful resources
Managing the European Structural and Investment Growth programme funds
- Growth Programme Board
- Growth Programme Board National sub-committees
- Local Enterprise Partnership area ESIF sub-committees
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For all general enquiries about the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme or the ERDF, email email@example.com.
For enquiries about the ESF, email ESF.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For enquiries about the EAFRD, email email@example.com.
For local information and enquiries, contact the Local Enterprise Partnership Network.
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