European Structural and Investment Funds

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the European Union’s main funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across EU member states.

The total D2N2 ESIF allocation for 2014-2020 is £196.5 million for the following programmes:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - £98 million
  • European Social Fund (ESF) - £93 milliom
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) – £5.5m

In general ERDF funds activity which helps small to medium sized employers (SMEs) to grow, enables SMEs to make the most of ICT developments, supports research and innovation in SMEs and reduces carbon emissions across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

ESF supports individuals to find employment, develop skills required in today’s labour market and support social inclusion.

EAFRD provides specialist support for SMEs in the rural areas of D2N2 to thrive and grow.

To be able to access funding, D2N2 has produced an ESIF strategy which sets out local priorities to be supported, proposed initiatives, and expenditure profiles to include sources of match funding (at a rate of 50%). The strategy can be downloaded here:

Funding calls will be released on the Gov.UK ESIF funding page

Assisted Areas

Significant areas of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are among a number of parts of the country which have been designated with assisted area status. This should help create jobs and encourage investment in premises and machinery through capital allowances and additional tax breaks for businesses.

For more information on Assisted Areas, please follow this link.

European Structural and Investment Funds: useful resources

List of beneficiaries, publicity materials, regulations and a glossary for organisations running European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund projects.

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The D2N2 Technical Assistance Team Members for European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

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