Information about the European Structural and Investment Funds programme for 2014 to 2020 in England.
ESIF programmes continue to invest in projects after the transition period ended on 31 December 2020. All funding must finish by the end of 2023.
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, and delivering funding until the end of 2023, 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. For this fund, a Strategic Environmental Assessment is carried out.
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
Applying for European Structural and Investment Growth programme funds
There are a range of requirements and criteria setting out who is eligible to apply for funding. If you are eligible, there are 2 routes to apply for funding.
Route 1: Funding Finder
For all of the ERDF, part of the EAFRD and part of the ESF
Route 2: Co-financing
European Social Fund only. Available through ESF Co-financing Organisations and can cover up to 100% EU funding of eligible project costs.
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Programme guidance, forms, publicity and performance information
Through the pages below you can access a range of documents, guidance and forms required to manage funded projects or for more general information. Following our partners feedback, we have made a change to the way we show these documents and now group them together by funding programme. The same documents are still available for you to access through the links below.
- European Structural and Investment Funds programme - all funding
- European Regional Development Fund only
- European Social Fund only
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