Quick Guide EU Funding

The South East LEP area comprising East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock has won £180m of funding to support jobs and skills through the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF).

The ESIF fund brings together the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

These funds have been designed to deliver Europe 2020, the European Union’s ten year growth and jobs strategy. This has five target areas: employment, research and development, climate/energy, education and social inclusion.

SE LEP has been working closely with public and private sector partners from across the area on our ESIF strategy which sets broad priorities for the ERDF, ESF and EAFRD programmes locally.

At a strategic level the Government has signed a Partnership Agreement with the European Commission. Detailed objectives of what the Government intends to achieve with the available resources are given in the ERDF Operational Programme (link), ESF Operational Programme and EAFRD Rural Development Programme (link). The funds are concentrated where they are most needed and will have a maximum impact. The Managing authorities are responsible for the programmes.

These are:

ERDF - Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

ESF- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

EAFRD – Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

The Managing Authorities are responsible for the following

  • Drawing up and apply selection procedures and eligibility criteria
  • Providing information to potential beneficiaries
  • Ensuring projects fall within the scope of the funds concerned
  • The financial management and control of the programmes

The LEP has an ESIF Committee which advises on the strategic fit of project applications and the shape and timetable of Calls for Applications. (see section x for more information)