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European funding

Information about European funding, how is it awarded, what is it available for, what the European regional development fund is, what the Humber technical assistance partnership is and how to contact.

What is the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF)?

The European Structural and Investment Fund is the European Union's main funding programme for supporting growth and jobs across the EU. The funds support investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment and job creation. Running from 2014 to 2020, there are three types of funds available:

  • European Social Fund (ESF) - focuses on improving the employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing help to people to enable them 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

What is a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)?

Across England, Local Enterprise Partnerships are partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They decide what the priorities should be for investment in the LEP area. There are 39 LEPs across England.

Who is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the Humber and East Riding?

The Humber LEP is a partnership of business, education and the four Humber local authorities working together to promote and develop the area surrounding the Humber Estuary and provide strategic economic leadership to create jobs and deliver growth. Please use the below link to access the Humber LEP website:

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (external website)

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP is governed by a private-sector led board with representatives from the public sector whose business expertise allows them, to deliver sustainable, economic improvements across the region. Please use the below link to access the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP website:

York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (external website)

What is a European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Strategy?

In 2013, the Government invited Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across England to submit European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Strategies setting out how the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) will be used in each LEP area for the 2014-20 programmes. ESIF strategies set out the types of activities which will be funded by ESF, ERDF and EAFRD in each LEP area. 

Please use the below link for the Humber LEP ESIF strategy which can be found on their website:

Humber LEP ESIF Strategy (external website)

Please use the below link for The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP ESIF Strategy which can be found on their website:

York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP ESIF Strategy (external website)

When will the new ESIF Programme launch?

The 2014-20 ESIF programme was launched with the first calls for proposals in March 2015. A call is an open invitation for applicants to submit proposals against a published call specification. Inviting applications via calls ensures that the process for selecting which operations are supported is open, transparent and consistent. All calls by area can be viewed on the below link from the GOV.uk website and future calls will also be released here:

GOV.UK European Structural and Investment Funds (external website)

Where can I find an application form?

You can find application forms and guidance at the below link from the GOV.uk website:

GOV.UK England 2014 to 2020 ESIF (external website)

How can I check if my project is eligible for funding?

You can check if your project is eligible by looking at the details of individual project calls to ensure that your idea fits the required criteria.  Details of project calls can be found on the GOV.uk website:

GOV.UK European Structural and Investment Funds (external website)

Where can I get support in applying for European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) and European Social Funds (ESF) projects?

The Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) is a partnership that offers information and support to organisations that are applying for European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) and European Social Funds (ESF). The partnership consists of the four local authorities in the Humber (with East Riding of Yorkshire Council as the lead partner) along with representatives from higher education institutions, further education institutions, companies limited by guarantee/charities, and the LEP.