Information about the European Structural and Investment Funds programme for 2014 to 2020 in England.
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
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
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.
Find out more about the different stages of a typical European Regional Development Fund or European Social Fund project (PDF, 1.86MB, 31 pages) .
Programme guidance, forms, publicity and performance information
- Programme guidance
- Outline application
- Full application
- Output and results
- Funding agreements
- Technical Assistance
- State Aid
- Performance of Projects
- Community Led Local Development
- ERDF Financial Instruments
- Counter Fraud
- Document Retention
- ESF Equal Opportunities and Sustainable Development Mainstreaming Leader Awards
- Evaluation of ERDF
- Evaluation of ESF
- ESF claim applications and Self-Declared Adjustments
- ESF Action Notes: 2014 to 2020 Programme
- 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
For all general enquiries about the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme or the ERDF, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For enquiries about the ESF, email ESF.email@example.com.
For enquiries about the EAFRD, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For local information and enquiries, contact the Local Enterprise Partnership Network.
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Published: 16 July 2015
Updated: 11 August 2017
- New sub page added on Evaluation of ERDF with associated documents.
- Added a link to ESF Action Notes: 2014 to 2020 Programme.
- New page and documents added on ERDF Financial Instruments
- Added a link to new information about the evaluation of the European Social Fund 2014 to 2020.
- Contact Us - email address amended for ESF enquiries.
- Added a link to the new guide to European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund 2014-2020 programmes in England.
- The European Social Fund Operational Programme was adopted by the European Commission on 10 September 2015 and now published.
- First published.