European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-20

The European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) programme in England for the period 2014 to 2020 will focus on “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.”

Activity will be delivered locally through the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  

Leeds City Region has been notionally allocated £338 million of ESIF funding to support business growth and create jobs. The LEP’s ESIF Strategy sets out how the City Region's EU funding allocation will be invested. 

Calls for proposals in Leeds City Region and other areas of the country, are published on the website which also covers eligibility and guidance on applying.

The ESIF programme is funded through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Match funding of 50% of project costs is required. However some areas of activity will be co-financed by the Department of Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and The National Lottery Community Fund.


To find out more about ESIF in our City Region go to the European pages of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) website.

You can also use the LCR ESIF Twitter – @ESIF_HW which will be tweeting regular local news, activity, sounding groups, local events, progress etc. Or join the ESIF mailing list - email to receive regular email alerts.

A Partner Finder page has been set up on the Doing Good Leeds website for to help organisations find partners to work with when responding to ESIF calls in Leeds City Region.


Assistance is available for applicants wishing to apply for either European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and/or European Social Fund (ESF). Please contact your local contact in the first instance, who will be able to help or sign post you to the most relevant support. The list is of points of contact by local authority, third sector organisations, and Yorkshire Universities who are able to offer assistance to the Higher Education sector.

This assistance is delivered as part of the L-CREATE partnership project, which aims to ensure successful engagement with and delivery of the ESIF programme within the Leeds City Region.  As well as providing assistance to applicants, partners will help to raise awareness of the upcoming ESIF opportunities at a local level to ensure maximum engagement with the programme. Assistance is available to anyone and is free.

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