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The European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy (ESIF)

The ESIF Strategy has £160+ million of Structural Funds from the EU which is the SELEP area’s indicative allocation awarded by the Government for the 2014 – 2020 EU funding period. These funds are for projects that will deliver growth and jobs.

EISF funding is made up of the following funding for projects in the SELEP area.

  • £74,200,000 ERDF
  • £71,600,000 ESF and
  • £14.5 million EAFRD

SELEP’s role

In 2012 SELEP was given an indicative allocation £160+ million of EU funding for projects to create Jobs and Growth across the area. We created the ESIF Strategy after extensive stakeholder consultation and this was approved by the SELEP Strategic Board in December 2013 and submitted to the Government in January 2014. Project applications submitted under the ERDF, ESF and EAFRD programmes are evaluated for strategic fit with the ESIF Strategy.
This is considered by the SELEP ESIF Sub-Committee, which is formally constituted according to national terms of reference and reports to the National Growth Board. It is chaired by businessman and National Growth Board member, George Kieffer and meets quarterly. The Sub-Committee also agrees the content, size and scale of a rolling programme of calls for applications under each of the EU funds.

The focus of EAFRD in the SELEP ESIF Strategy is:

  • Provide support for rural businesses
  • Optimise the growth and development of the Agrifood sector
  • Support the development of sustainable rural tourism
  • Support development and provision of enhanced levels of connectivity (not including Broadband)
  • Support development of a more efficient low carbon and sustainable rural economy

The Government is seeking links between the EU funds and also between the various national funding streams such as the Regional Growth Funds (RGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF). Further details can be found on the Government’s website under Funding Finder at www.gov.uk, including the full application forms.

SELEP has been given one of the largest EAFRD allocations in the Growth Programme – £14.5m for the period 2014-2020. The RDPE Operational Programme was agreed with the European Commission in 2015. The Programme document can be found here.

The EAFRD component of the Growth Programme is only a very small fraction (5%) of all funding available through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which also includes investment in environmental and land management schemes, LEADER and Countryside Productivity.

For more information on all RDPE supported programmes, click here

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – Business Growth

The South East LEP has been given an indicative allocation of £74.1 million of ERDF for projects to support Jobs and Growth in our area. The funding is focussed as follows:

  • Support for Research and Innovation (priority axis 1)
  • SME Growth and Competitiveness (priority axis 3)
  • Shift Towards a Low Carbon Economy (priority axis 4)

European Social Fund (ESF)

ESF focuses on improving employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing the help people need to fulfil their potential.

So far over £50 million has been invested in a range of programmes and projects to help people in the South East LEP area onto the escalator of opportunity and improve their lives.

We are also working with partners from across the area to prioritize future areas for investment for the remaining £20+ million pounds.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

SELEP has been given one of the largest EAFRD allocations in the Growth Programme – £14.5m for the period 2014-2020. The RDPE Operational Programme was agreed with the European Commission in 2015. The Programme document can be found here.

SELEP launched the call for applications under the EAFRD programme for the SELEP area in London on the 2nd February 2017. This is a rolling call and Expressions of Interest (EIO) can be submitted to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) as and when they are ready.

The EAFRD component of the Growth Programme is only a very small fraction (5%) of all funding available through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which also includes investment in environmental and land management schemes, LEADER and Countryside Productivity.

The focus of EAFRD in the SELEP ESIF Strategy is:

  • Provide support for rural businesses
  • Optimise the growth and development of the Agrifood sector
  • Support the development of sustainable rural tourism
  • Support development and provision of enhanced levels of connectivity (not including Broadband)
  • Support development of a more efficient low carbon and sustainable rural economy